During November’s regular meeting of the Hominy City Council, the City’s governing body was presented with a proclamation to recognize one of Hominy’s former citizens. City Manager Gary Lanham read the proposed proclamation, which if approved, would name the Saturday preceding Pearl Harbor Day as “Kenneth M. Taylor Day.”
Kenneth M. Taylor grew up in Hominy after moving here with his family shortly after his birth. He spent his formative years here and eventually graduated from Hominy High School in 1938. After graduation, he enrolled in the University of Oklahoma and joined the Army Air Corps.
On December 7, 1941, a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Navy base in Hawaii, by the Imperial Japanese Navy sent the United States to the forefront of World War II. During the chaos of the attack, Taylor with the help of a fellow pilot, was able to get a fighter plane into the air where he shot down multiple Japanese planes.
Taylor sustained some injuries during his heroic efforts and went on to receive the Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart, as well as several other awards over his 27 years of active duty, where he eventually retired as a Colonel in 1967. He went on to be an Assistant Adjutant General for the Alaska Air National Guard. In 1971, he retired from military life as a Brigadier General and Commander of the Alaska Air National Guard.
In 1970, Taylor was portrayed in the film Tora! Tora! Tora! for which he also served as a technical adviser.
Though Kenneth Taylor passed away in 2006, his bravery and service to his country will always be remembered, and our community is fortunate to have been able to call him one of our own. The City Council passed the proclamation, which was signed by Mayor Fairweather officially recognizing Taylor for his contribution to our country. The proclamation has been sent to the Governor’s office where it will be considered to recognize Mr. Taylor on a state level.
The film, Tora! Tora! Tora! will be shown in honor of Mr. Taylor at the Hominy Community Center on Saturday, December 3, 2016, “Kenneth M. Taylor Day.” The showing will begin at 5:30 PM and is free to the public.