City of Gulfport celebrates WWII veteran’s 103rd birthday

WWII vet turns 103
Gulfport mayor Billy Hewes (L) shakes hands with WWII veteran and community staple Taylor Howard (R) on Howard's 103rd birthday.

On Tuesday, the City of Gulfport celebrated the 103rd birthday of Taylor Howard, who is not only a World War II veteran but a staple to the community.

After the war, Howard returned home to Gulfport and “served in numerous civil rights and community roles.”

His résumé includes being part of the board for development of Jones Park, working closely with the Gulfport Police Department to create the Neighborhood Watch program, and opening two local movie theatres. Additionally, Howard was a member of the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Red Cross.

Even now, at the age of 103, Howard still feels moved to better the community: “I want to wear out, not rust out.”


Written by J.T. Mitchell

J.T. Mitchell is a multimedia journalist out of Jackson, Mississippi, who worked extensively for both News Mississippi and SuperTalk Mississippi before coming aboard as managing editor for Our Mississippi Home. He is also the author of Pocket Grammar: 24 Mistakes You'll Never Make Again. J.T. received his education from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he studied both English and philosophy. Contact J.T. at [email protected]

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