Florida Fallen Stories

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John Edgar Talley

Fireman. One of eight children and the oldest of three sons of John Edgar Talley (1867-1945) and Sarah Elizabeth Giddens (1871-1940), John was born in Hernando, Florida, January 7, 1898. By 1910 the Talleys had relocated to Johns Pass, in Hillsborough County, where John’s father worked as a machinist at a sawmill. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard at Tampa on April 8, 1917, giving his home address as 502 North Bay Street, East Tampa. A subchaser (CGSC 334) was named in his honor in 1920. (USCG Service Card; Veterans Administration Master Index)





John Edgar Talley was on board the USCGC Tampa. To read about the Tampa, please click here.