Decorated United States marine who served in both World Wars, receiving both Navy Commendation and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals. During the inter-war years, he took part in the Sino-Japanese conflict.
Before enlisting in the military, he worked for the railroad.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age twenty-seven, making him an older-than-average recruit.
He returned to his hometown of Toledo, Ohio following his 1945 retirement from the military.
He served as Master Gunnery Sergeant under Franklin D. Roosevelt.