George Taylor began diving inadvertently in the Navy when he was sent underwater to pull three bodies out of the U.S.S. Morris after the Battle of Okinawa. After returning to the states, he enrolled in the Navy’s Deep Sea Diving School and spent the next 14 years as a Navy diver. Upon retirement from the Navy he headed to the Gulf Coast to find a job in the oilfield. He started with Taylor Diving in 1960 and did freelance diving for many years, trying to start an organization of divers, and becoming co-chairman of the safety committee of the Marine Technology Society. He faced significant resistance and even hostility in the Gulf and eventually moved to southern California, where he joined the Pile Drivers Union and worked for companies operating out of there until his retirement from diving in the 1970's.