U.S. Marine who sacrificed himself by throwing himself on top of an enemy grenade while serving at Engebi Island during World War II. He received a posthumous Medal of Honor for his sacrifice.
He worked as a truck driver before enlisting in the Marine Corps.
The Navy destroyer USS Damato was named in his honor in 1945.
His brother, Neil, was also a soldier and was killed in Germany in 1943.
He was given the Medal of Honor by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.