Theodore Langhans Taylor was born June 23, 1921, in Statesville, North Carolina, the fifth child of Edward Riley Taylor, an Irish-American ironworker, and Elnora Langhans Taylor, a German- American with a strong creative drive and interest in drama. In 1934 the family moved to Virginia, where his father worked in the shipyards. Taylor, thirteen, began covering high school sports for a local newspaper, the Portsmouth Evening Star and developing his interest in naval history. At age seventeen he became a copyboy for the Washington Daily News, and two years later began...
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