He joined the Army in 1952 and fought in the infamous battle for Pork Chop Hill in Korea. He worked as a carpet weaver, a trade he learned at Mastbaum. After returning from Korea he re-enlisted in 1962 serving in Germany before going to Vietnam in Januiary 1967 as an armor intelligence specialist with B Troop, 5th Armored Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division. The staff sergeant wrote home that he had adopted "Charley" a pet monkey but had been unable to train the animal to drink beer with him. He died near Xom Xa Nam on November 4, 1967. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, two brothers and two sisters.