Major General Larry S. Taylor:
A Marine for 38 Years
by Seymour “Sy” Brody
Major General Larry S. Taylor was proud and honored of the title, “United States Marine,” who served for 38 years–5 on active duty and 33 years in the reserve.
Taylor was the grandson of Russian Jewish immigrants who migrated to America in the early 1900s.
Taylor retired on October 1, 1997. He was recalled from retirement in November 2001 and assumed command of the Marine Corps Reserve Support Command. He relinquished his command in May 2002, to serve as Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans.
Taylor was a graduate from Georgia Tech, in 1962, with a BS degree in industrial management.
His education included Strategic Intelligence Course at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Aviation Safety Command Course, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, NATO Air-Ground Operations Course, in England, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and Joint Flag Officers Warfighting Course, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
After receiving his commission as a Naval Aviator, he became a squadron pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadrons 264 and 263 in 1964 and 1965. During this service he was involved in operations in Santo Domingo during the Dominican Republic crisis. When he completed his initial active duty in December 1966, he was a Platoon Commander, Air/Naval Gunfire Platoon, 2nd Marine Division.
When he returned to the United States in 1968, he began his Marine Corps reserve career flying the H-34, the UH-1"Huey” and the AH-1 “Cobra.” Taylor was in command of the following Units:
● Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 (1980-82)
● 4th Air/Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) (1982-84)
● 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1992-93)
● 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (1993-96)
In civilian life, he was a captain for Northwest Airlines flying the Boeing 747/400. He retired from Northwest Airlines in March 2001.
General Taylor was active with the Reserve Officers Association of the USA, USO Council of Georgia, Business Executives for National Security, the Society for American Baseball Research and chairman of the Marine Corps Council of Greater Atlanta.
Major General Larry S. Taylor in his retirement years, is participating in marathons and is proud that he is a Marine.
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