W.R Taylor (Centurion)

A native of St. Louis, MO, he grew up in France, returning to America at the outbreak of WWII in 1940. After the war he attended the Foreign Service School, Georgetown University, majoring in Political Science, then the School of Extension Studies, University of Maryland, majoring in Economics.

Facing the draft he chose to enlist in the Army instead, serving first in the Far East and Korea, later, after being commissioned, in Germany, where his bi-lingual abilities eventually drew him from font line service to assignments with NATO allied forces there. Following military service he went into government service, first with the Department of State (USAID/Laos), then with the Department of Defense (OSD/ISA and OSD/ARPA), with assignments in SEA. 

Leaving government service he then helped establish a joint-venture consulting firm promoting American business interests in SEA. Returning to the States in 1974, he was briefly associated with several consulting firms working for clients in the ten western states. Subsequently he took on several assignments with defense contractors in the Middle East (Saud Arabia, Israel, and Egypt).

Retiring in 1985, he began writing occasional Op-Ed submissions, few of which ever seeing print. He was then invited to be a regular contributor of Op-Ed commentary for a long running veterans’ site on the Web. This ultimately led to his setting up his own site as an independent platform for his e-columns as – The Centurion Chronicle – which he continues producing today, with a growing readership following both here and abroad.