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This memorial honors Kenneth Edward Taylor, an American veteran, who shares a common undeniable goal with all American veterans to protect our country's freedoms. Forever a symbol of heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and freedom. "The Navy has both a tradition and a future--and we look with pride and confidence in both directions." -Admiral George Anderson

  • USS Palau
  • The Order of DeMolay
  • Kenneth E. Taylor High School Picture

Kenneth E. Taylor was born on December 10, 1932 to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Taylor. He graduated from Barnstable high school in 1950. At BHS he was known as Kenny, in his year book it mentions that he enjoys square dancing and playing the harmonica. His activities in school include junior red cross and playing on the basketball team. After graduating from BHS Kenneth enlisted in the United States Navy in September of 1950 and went to the Newport Training Center. After training he was assigned to USS Palau an escort carrier as Petty Officer 2nd Class. On October 18, 1952 an accident happened aboard an aircraft carrier which resulted in Petty Officer Taylor’s death. He was brought back home for burial at Oak Grove cemetery in Hyannis. A service was held for him at the Hyannis Baptist Church and Military rites were held by the Barnstable American Legion Post and the VFW Chapter. He was also a member of the Hyannis Yacht Club, the Cape Cod Chapter and the Order of DeMolay. His memorial is located at the intersection of Center and Main Street in Hyannis.


Accessed February 28th 2020. .

"Graduation Exercises." The Barnstable Patriot June 8th 1950. .

Barnstable High School Yearbook. 1950.

"Hyannis News." The Barnstable Patriot September 25th 1950. .

"Hyannis News." The Barnstable Patriot January 25th 1951. .

"Deaths." The Yarmouth Register October 24th 1952. .

"Kenneth Taylor Funeral." The Yarmouth Register November 21st 1952. .

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