VFW members visit Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home _lowres

Photo provided by VFW—In the front row, from left, are Rudy Baker and Moe Taylor, both retired Navy; Ralph Smith, retired Army; and Rudy Autunez, Post 8290, Lacombe. In the middle row are Inez Naquin, Post 8720 Ladies Auxiliary, Abita Springs; Laurie Carroll, Post 8290 Ladies Auxiliary; Percy Naquin, Post 8720; and Andy Bryson, Post 8290. In the back row are Franklin Lanzetta, Post 8720; Rocky Wariner, Mickey Carroll and Patrick Dempsey, Post 8290; Michael Peats, Post 8720; Rafael 'Bob' Mari, Post 5174, Pearl River; and David Rice, Post 8720.

VFW District 9 Commander Mickey Carroll led a recent visit to the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve by members of the district’s VFW posts and ladies auxiliaries.

The visit by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars included a meal and a bingo game.

Mecklen Oscar Taylor, 94, said he started his career with the government working in the Civilian Conservation Corps relief program during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. “Mr. Moe,” as he is known, said he worked in the forestry program planting trees in various places including Leesville, where Fort Polk is now located. He said he the Navy on December 12, 1939, and served on several ships including the USS Holland, the United States’ first modern commissioned submarine.

He moved back to Houma, where he worked 16 years for the Terrebonne Medical Center. After leaving there, he worked for the U.S. Post Office in Houma for 15 years. He married twice. He and his first wife have one daughter. He and his second wife were together for 63 years and adopted a son.

Taylor has lived a life of service. As a member of Christ the Baptist Church for 52 years, he served as a lay minister. He served every other Tuesday for 25 years at the Heritage Manor in Houma as a lay minister. Recently he has become a resident of the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve.