Born September 26, 1918, Grand Junction, CO
Reared Knoxville, TN
Appointed to Naval Academy from Tennessee in 1938, Graduated February 1941
Naval career spanned more than 35 years, including World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.
First went to sea aboard destroyer USS Overton
Received Navy Wings 1943
Was Commanding Officer aboard USS Yorktown, Squadron 88, later commanded VF-63, ammunition ship USS Suribachi (AE-21), then aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-43).
As Rear Admiral, he commanded Task Force 71 off Vietnam.
Was NATO representative of Commander Second Fleet in Paris.
Was on the staff of Secretary of the Navy, 1954-1957.
Commander of Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. Air Training in Pensacola.
First Chief of Naval Education and Training.
Authored, “The Sea War in Korea,” “Naval Aviator’s Guide,” and “ A Pilot’s Meteorology.”
Originated and published “Wings of Gold” and “Foundation” magazines.
Wrote numerous articles.
Received the Navy Cross, two Distinguished Service Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Legion of Merit.