Leader of the Filthy Thirteen, the demolition unit that inspired The Dirty Dozen, and U.S. Army paratrooper in World War II.
He worked in rod construction before joining the Pine Bluff Arsenal.
He was the recipient of four Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and a Legion of Honour for his combat jumps.
He had three children with wife Martha Beam Wonders.
Actor Lee Marvin starred in the 1967 film The Dirty Dozen.