Born December 24, 1916. Graduated
from Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane
Washington in 1934. He enlisted in the USAAF
at Fort George Wright during 1935. First working on B-10
and B-12, and then B-17 bombers, he completed
engine mechanic training at Chanute Field. Then,
additional gunnery and supercharger schooling.
In the confusion of the days following the Pearl
Harbor attack, he waited at Sacramento while
their B-17 was armed and met Ann, who he would
later marry before departing for Hawaii, then to Australia. Aboard B-17E 41-2446 served as engineer and top turret gunner on the February
22/23 mission against Rabaul.
Afterwards, due to a shortage
of mechanics and spare parts, he worked to keep
B-17 engines serviced at Townsville and spent
a year in Australia. When he
returned to the States, he was sent to Pyote Airfield
(Rattlesnake) in Texas, and received
a field commission. He stayed in the USAF, and
was assigned to locations in the USA and world:
England, Perto Rico, Philippines and Guam.
with the rank of Colonel, he lived in retirement
in Spokane, Washington. He passed away peacefully on December 17, 2009.