Col. George Taylor, U.S. Army, (Ret.) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, recently gave his uniforms from 20 years of service with the United States Army to the MacArthur Memorial. The collection includes a Korean War-era "Ike" jacket with 3rd Infantry Division and Armor School patches, complete with ribbons, collar insignia and Captain’s insignia; a green Korean War-vintage field jacket with Major’s insignia; a green Class A uniform with 3rd Infantry Division patch and Colonel’s insignia; a Korean War-vintage fur-lined field vest; and a complete Judge Advocate General Corps dress blue uniform.
George Taylor began his military career in Korea, first as an infantry platoon commander, then as a tank platoon commander, and retired some twenty years later as a Colonel in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. During the Korean War, then-Lieutenant Taylor was attached to the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, and saw action at Chosin Reservoir in late 1950 and also aided in extricating the Belgian Battalion, surrounded by the Chinese along the Imjin River, north of Seoul in April 1951. He has written about his Korean War experiences in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and Army magazine.
Col. Taylor’s uniforms are a great addition to the Memorial’s collection as many of the items he donated are the only ones of their type in the museum’s holdings, such as the fur-lined vest and dress blue uniform. In addition, Col. Taylor’s uniforms add the JAG Corps to the various branches represented in the collection.