U.S. Naval Academy identifies Taylor Connors as deceased midshipman
PLEASANT VIEW, Utah — The U.S. Naval Academy announced Wednesday the death of Midshipman 1st Class Taylor Connors, 24, of Pleasant View.
Officials with the U.S. Naval Academy say that Connors passed away on Tuesday morning in Philadelphia with his family at his side.
His death, officials say, is still being investigated. Although, foul play is not suspected.
“Our Naval Academy community is mourning a tragic loss this week of a life taken far too soon – Midshipman Taylor Connors honorably served his nation as a marine and as a midshipman,” said Vice Adm. Sean Buck, 63rd Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy in a news release. “Through the grieving process, I encourage members of the Brigade, faculty, and staff to reach out and offer support to one another from near and far this summer. My wife, Joanne, and I, and the entire Naval Academy community have Taylor’s family, friends, and fellow Marines and
midshipmen in our thoughts during this difficult time.”
Connors attended Utah Military Academy, achieving the rank of group commander. He was responsible for more than 250 cadets. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Connors also wrestled and played soccer.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2016.
During his time at the academy, Connors was a member of the 23rd, 2nd, and 16th Companies. He was also a member of the Jiu-jitsu team. Additionally, he participated in intramural sports and was a physics major.
“Taylor Connors was the best of us. He was a true mentor and leader among his peers but I know he saw himself as a Marine infantryman first and foremost,” said Marine Corps Maj. David R. Emison II, the Naval Academy’s training officer in a press release.. “There is something to be said about an ethos like the one he exemplified. Taylor was intensely bright, thoughtful, and a man of faith.”
During his military career, Connors was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. And was authorized to wear the National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2); Expert Rifle Qualification Badge (2); and Expert Pistol Qualification Badge (2).
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