Technicalsergeant Boyd Taylor USAF (Retl, DOTA
Documented Original Tuskegee Airman
T. Sgt. Boyd Taylor, USAF (Ret). l was born October 20, 1918 in Jackson, Alabama to Mattie and
Pomerley Taylor in a family of 9 children, 5 girls and 3 boys. He was the #h child. His sister,
Mary Hill, and he are the only survivors. He attended grammar school and later earned his
high school diploma through a GED TEST. He was drafted into U.S. Army Air Corps on July
25th, and went through basic training at Fort Bennings, Georgia. After basic training he
was assigned to Hendricks Field, Florida where he attended Air and Engine School.
On August 2, 1946 Boyd was assigned to 318& Army Air Force Base Unit, Lockbourne Army
Air Base, Columbus, Ohio and then to 477th Composite Group, Lockbourne AFB, Columbus,
Ohio performing as Airplane Maintenance Technician and Airplane Power Plant Mechanic at
332nd Fighter Group, Lockbourne Army Air Base in Ohio until October 1949, On April t2, t95l
upon promotion to Technical Sergeant he received assignment to Hamilton Air Force Base in
California. On April 29, 1951 Boyd was placed in flying status as Aerial Engineer on B29s and
C47's participating in regular and frequent flights as a crew member on flights monitoring
radar operations from Canada to Mexico.
On October 2, 1963 after over 20 years of service Boyd retired in October 1963 from military
service and began a second career as Mobile Equipment Metal Mechanic at the Presidio Army
Base, San Francisco, and retired in July 1983 after a total of 37 years of Military and Civil
Boyd enjoys reading watching sports and politics and most of all, exercising daily and living a
health-conscious life. He sincerely believes in helping young people to get a good education
which he feels is a part of his mission as a Tuskegee Airman.
Boyd has 2 married grandsons, Brandon Taylor and Troy Taylor and 5 great- grandchildren,
ages 2 to L7 years of age. He resided in San Francisco with his first wife, lda Taylor until
lda's death in 2$)1 after 60 years of marriage. They had one son, Robert Taylor [Deceased].
Boyd married Gloria Jones on December 2Q 2007 in Sacramento, CA where they presently
reside and are members of the George S."Spanky' Roberts Chapter. They attended the
ceremony on March 29,2007 when the Tuskegee Airmen, as a group, were awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal of Honor by Prestdent George W, Bush and the US Congress inside
the Rotunda of the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C..