Veteran of the Month – Joe Taylor

Joseph Taylor was born in 1948 and grew up in the Oxford Circle area attending St. Martin of Tours grade school and Cardinal Dougherty High School.

After High School, he attended a local Technical School and completed a 12-month course in basic electronics and immediately landed a job as an Electronics Technician to trouble shoot color TV’s at the Philco Television assembly plant at “C” and Tioga Streets in the Kensington area of Philadelphia.

While working at Philco, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy Reserve in October 1967 and within a month he was asked to join the Naval Security Group and began his journey as a Communication / Cryptologic Technician.  By Dec 1967 he was off to Boot Camp.

He completed his Navy, Communication Technician, “A” School, training in Pensacola Florida and after a back-ground investigation, he received his Top-Secret Security clearance.

During the Viet Nam era Joe’s first duty station was the U.S. Naval Communications Station at San Miguel in the Philippines.  He was also stationed at the U.S.  NSGA, (Naval Security Group Activity), Hakata, Japan. He attained the rank of E-5, Rating CTR2, and Petty Officer Second class and was separated from active duty in July of 1970 with final discharges from the Reserves in October of 1973.

After his military duty, he continued working in the electronics field, specializing with Test and Measurement Equipment and has held a variety positions during his career.  He was a Repair and Calibration Technician, Supervisor, Technical Sales, Lab Manager and Branch Manager. While working full time he attended night school at St. Joseph’s University.  His efforts paid off with BS in Business Management.

Joe enjoys helping people and now has started a second career as a customer service representative for the Internal Revenue Service.  He has been married for 42 years to his wife Maureen. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Joe is very active in the Frankford area as a member of” Keep the Faith in Frankford” and volunteers at St. Mark’s Church in the “Dining with Dignity” program.  He is active with 15th District PDAC and Town Watch, Eyes & Ears program as well.

Joe Taylor, we thank you for your service!!!