Discovery Communications

The story of a Tucson area resident and his actions at Pearl Harbor will air tonight as part of a new series on the American Heroes channel.

The program, dubbed “Hardcore Heroes,” will follow the story of Kenneth M. Taylor, an Army Air Corps second lieutenant and pilot who, alongside fellow pilot George S. Welch, engaged Japanese forces over the skies of Hawaii during the Pearl Harbor attacks of Dec. 7, 1941.

For their efforts, Taylor and Welch received Distinguished Service Crosses and were designated the first two American heroes of World War II.

Taylor, who made it to the rank of brigadier general before retiring from the military in 1967, died in Tucson in 2006 at 86 years old.

The episode also will feature a segment on Chuck Yeager.

“Hardcore Heroes” airs at 7 p.m. on American Heroes (formerly the Military channel), according to

Visit the American Heroes site for more information.