World War 2 Veteran Joins the Cast of the Historical Drama, Elijah and George, A Revolutionary Tale.
Dr. Frank Taylor is a funny, sharp, retired physician who served in WW2 including the Battle of Metz and Battle of the Bulge. You would think he is 65 or 70 but he is 96 with no signs of slowing down.
Risa Leigh Clarke, Producer, Director and Writer with 1663 Media Arts, LLC was introduced to Dr. Taylor through Al Underwood of the Horses In Action Foundation. She shares “I was so inspired by Dr. Taylor and his selfless acts for our great nation that we invited him to join our film family!
Elijah and George – A Revolutionary Tale recently filmed a Proof of Concept Movie Trailer for funding purposes at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, VA. Dr. Taylor and his family were invited to watch the action as special guests and meet the cast and crew.
Charlottesville, VA resident Dr. Taylor will have a guest starring role in a modern day museum scene that will run during the closing credits of the movie. The scene will be filmed in Yorktown at the American Revolution Museum with a message of honoring the past in the present day.
Dr. Taylor represents the Army legacy, the “greatest generation” that saved the free world during WW2 and the wonderful community we all enjoy. His college career at Hampden-Sydney College was cut short just two months prior to graduation when he and his classmates were drafted into the Army in 1943.
He was assigned to the 95th Infantry Artillery, Fire Direction Center. He arrived in England in August of 1944 and went into combat in France in September. The 95th Division was assigned to Patton’s Third Army and pushed forward to secure the bridges along the Moselle River in northeast France, including the “fortress city” of Metz, replete with entrenchments, tunnels and multiple fortresses.
Hitler directed almost five German Divisions to “hold at all costs” but securing these sites would enable allied Armies to enter Germany. The vicious battle to secure Metz went on for three months, until 13 December and Sergeant Taylor and the 95th Division earned the nickname “Iron Men of Metz”.
Two weeks later, on 26 December, the German Army initiated the “Battle of the Bulge” just north of Sergeant Taylor’s location. In spite of the extremely cold temperatures and snowstorms (the oil in vehicles began to congeal and 17k soldiers were hospitalized from cold weather injuries) Patton’s Army pushed north to relieve the paratroopers surrounded at Bastogne and successfully cut off the German advance. Dr. Taylor pushed into occupied Holland and then central Germany firing well over 200,000 rounds into enemy forces.
After the war, Dr. Taylor recommitted his efforts to reenter the medical profession through University of Virginia and the Cleveland Clinic, which he completed in 1954. He treated thousands of patients in the Charlottesville area and served as an instructor of internal medicine at UVA for fifty years.
He has also served as the President of several professional medical organizations and served the community through the Rotary Club, Mayflower Society and Sons of the American Revolution. His awards and accolades are warranted and numerous from three campaign stars and the French Legion of Honor to numerous medical and community awards.
Dr. Taylor recently attended the commemoration of the 75thAnniversary of the deliverance of Metz from the Nazis, where he was heralded by French leaders and citizens as a genuine, heroic liberator.
A true, humble hero, Dr. Taylor never spoke of his service, sacrifice or heroics during World War Two, until recently when the Rotary Club asked him to speak about his experience as a WW2 Army veteran. Dr. Taylor’s life, in service to others, on the battlefield and in dozens of hospitals, represent a nobility of character that serve as a model for us all. In fact, we are all part of that legacy. As MLK said, “we can all be great, because we can all serve”.