Clinton resident Ethel Taylor celebrated her 99th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 7 with her family and friends. Pictured are Susan Little, Tana Taylor, Ethel Taylor (center), Corrine Taylor Johnson, and Terri Taylor.
In the 99 years she has been alive, Ethel Taylor, of Clinton, says she has never lost her love of learning.
The morning of Sunday, Aug. 11, 1963, probably started out like a typical one for U.S. Army Capt. Ronald Taylor and his co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Benjamin Wesley Taliaferro.
Both men had recently completed flight training and were part of the more than 70,000 troops who participated in a never before tried military training maneuver called “Operation Swift Strike III.” Newspaper accounts at the time referred to Operation Swift Strike as “the largest peacetime war games in the history of the nation.”