During this month of Thanksgiving, we salute three recent benefactors of the Naval Institute
Jack C. Taylor
For only the second time in its 137-year history, an “angel” has stepped forward to make a game-changing $1 million investment in the Naval Institute’s future: Jack Taylor, USNI Life Member, former naval aviator, and founder of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company.
During World War II Taylor was an F6F Hellcat fighter pilot and saw combat duty in the Pacific theater of operations from the decks of the aircraft carriers USS Essex (CV-9) and USS Enterprise (CV-6)—for which he later named his company. He was twice decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and also received the Air Medal.
Part of Taylor’s 2010 gift will enable the Institute to complete the oral history of the late Captain David McCampbell, Ace of Aces and Medal of Honor winner. McCampbell’s history will be the centerpiece of the Institute’s yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of naval aviation.