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Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee

Excerpt from Hall of Fame Induction ProgramJames L. Taylor U.S.N.

Lima Senior High School Class of 1961

Captain James L. Taylor, a 1961 graduate of Lima Senior High School, is currently the commander of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Following graduation from high school, Captain Taylor attended the United States Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1965.

After serving aboard the ocean minesweeper, U.S.S. ENERGY, he began combat tour in Vietnam as officer-in-charge of a Swift Boat and as Maintenance Officer for Coastal Division 14. He later taught national security policy and American military affairs during an N.R.O.T.C. assignment at Oregon State University. Captain Taylor returned to sea as Engineer Officer of the U.S.S. WADDELL and later served as a Pacific Fleet Propulsion Examining Board Inspector.

He entered the Naval Post-graduate School in 1976 and was designated Engineering Duty Officer in 1977. He received a master’s degree with distinction in Computer Systems Management in 1977 and in Mechanical Engineering in 1979.

In 1979 Captain Taylor reported to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where he served as ship superintendent aboard the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE complex overhaul, as Assistant Repair Superintendent for Nuclear Surface Ships, and as Project Manager for the U.S.S. LONG BEACH complex overhaul. From 1983 to 1985 he served as Engineer Officer on the U.S.S. CONSTELLATION during overhaul at Puget Sound.

He returned to Puget Sound in September 1985 as Repair Officer and became Production Officer three months later. While in that shipyard, he was selected to attend the Executive Program at the University of Tennessee. He reported to N.A.V.S.E.A. in 1989.

Captain Taylor’s service decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Presidential Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Medal, and various medals and ribbons from the Vietnam Campaign. He was designated a Material Professional and also holds a Certificate for Data Processing from the Institute of Computer Professionals.