William J. Taylor, Jr.
Colonel William J. Taylor, Jr. was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1955. His first duty assignment was with the Reconnaissance, Tank and Rifle Battalion, Germany, Korea, and Vietnam. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Instructor and Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, History of Modern Europe, West Point, NY; Political Affairs Officer, Long-Range Planning Task Group and Political Analyst, Plans and Programs Directorate, Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support, Military Assistance Command, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs); Professor for National Security Studies and Director of The Debate Council and Forum, West Point. | His awards and decorations include: Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit.