Two Colonels from Yoe
A friend recently gave me a some copies of Red Lion Echoes to pass on to the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. Her father-in-law was the editor of the newsletter, which was: “Published monthly by the Citizens of Red Lion and Vicinity” during World War II. It was send to the servicemen and women of the Red Lion area and also kept local citizens up-to-date on those troops.
I couldn’t let these pieces of local history pass through my hands without reading them They bring home how the war affected just about everyone in some way.
Anyone familiar with Yoe knows it still isn’t very big, somewhere around 1,000 residents now, probably a good many less in 1945. Still, as the item below from Red Lion Echoes shows, leaders can, and do, come from very small towns. It was published shortly after the war was officially over.
It is rather significant that the borough of Yoe has produced two Lt. Colonels during this war. Lt. Colonel Kenneth Taylor was a personnel officer during the war in various camps and Forts in the States, placing, guiding and assigning men to the various branches of service. Lt. Col. Taylor has since his discharge gone back to his position he held before the war as criminologist at the Western Penitentiary at Pittsburgh.
The Second Lt. Colonel is Russell E. Horn, an account of whose service we carry in this issue of Echoes. Both these men are to be congratulated on the splendid record of service and devotion to duty in their assigned work. One whose lot was to work in the States, the other on the battle fields of Africa and Italy. We very much doubt it any other community in the state the size of Yoe can boast of two young men who have made for themselves so splendid a record of promotion and advancement during this war.”
The separate account of Lt. Col. Horn says that he served “as company commander, Battalion commander, Training office and Executive officer” and mentions his awards and commendations. It also indicates that he had returned from service and employed with Buchart Engineering. That company is now Buchart-Horn/Basco Associates.
Some search results refer to a Dr. Kenneth E. Taylor who was with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Correction in the 1950s. I’m guessing that is Lt. Col. Taylor.
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