William E. Taylor
Our division is named for William E. Taylor, Watertender Second Class, who was born in Wilmington, Delaware.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 28 May 1941. During his time in service he served aboard the USS J. Franklin Bell, APA16 and the USS Hoel, DD533. He perished aboard the USS Hoel along with 253 of his shipmates on 25 October 1944 in the Battle off Samar during World War II.
Our division was formed in 1978 in Marshallton, Delaware at the Navy Operations Support Center on Kirkwood Highway. Taylor Division was present at both of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps 25th and 50th Anniversary Ceremonies in Washington, D.C.
Ships named for Delaware
- USS Delaware (1798), was a 20-gun ship purchased in 1798
- USS Delaware (1861), was a side-wheel steamer built in 1861 and decommissioned in 1865
- USS Delaware (1866), was a screw steamer renamed from Piscataqua in 1869