His first duty assignment was to a PBY squadron in Jacksonville, Florida. He saw service in WW2, the Korean War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He served on the USS Essex, USS Bon Homme Richard, USS Ticonderoga, and the USS Forrestal.
He flew a wide range of Navy aircraft, from seaplanes to jet attack bombers and jet fighters. He was a member of VAH-2, the first A3D “Skywarrior” squadron to deploy on straight-deck carriers before the introduction of the angled deck design.
He concluded his naval career as Operations Officer at NAS Alameda, California, retiring in 1971. He then joined Wells Fargo Bank and became the VP of Real Property Maintenance, retiring after 14 years in 1986.