For his service before, after, and during World War II, this United States Air Force officer earned a Soldier's Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. At the conclusion of the war, he led the Air Material Command at Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
After earning a bachelor's degree in economics from Hamline University, he began his career with the United States Air Force. He later returned to school and received a business degree from Harvard.
Upon retiring from the Air Force, he served as President of the General Mills food products corporation.
He was born and raised in Milroy, Minnesota, and he later settled in Auburn, Washington.
He and Nathan Farragut Twining both served in the United States Air Force during the World War II years.