June Clifford “Cliff” Taylor was born 9-JUN 1927 in New Madrid Missouri.  His father was John L. Taylor (1878-1964) and his mother was Ruby Fern Taylor (1905-1997).  Cliff’s 6th great grandfather was Richard Stockton, a signer of Declaration of Independence.

Cliff is a direct descendent of the Mayflower Pilgrims, and a direct decedent of five presidents: James Madison, William Henry Harrison, Zachery Taylor, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Harrison, and one actress: Elizabeth Taylor.  He is also a more distant relation to George Washington.

Cliff enlisted on 26-SEP 1945 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri and served from 1945-1947.  His service number was 37863253.  Cliff left basic training as a Private.

Cliff was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division.  As the 45th Infantry Division completed its drive on Munich, the unit was ordered to liberate the Dachau concentration camp.

In Germany, Cliff served with the 98th General Hospital.  He was based two miles from Dachau, the oldest concentration camp in Germany. It was locked up when he got to Munich.  June photographed some of the ghastly sights he saw at Dachau.

For the rest of June Clifford’s Taylor’s story, click on the link below.  Note, some pictures are graphic.


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