He enlisted in the USAAF on 6 April 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 January 1944, a C-47A transport departed Dinjan air field, India, on a food dropping mission in Burma. Private Montoya was aboard to help drop supplies. It was assigned to the Second Troop Carrier Squadron. It was last seen at 1150 hours that day. It was reported as a battle casualty, shot down by enemy fighters. 2ndLt Benson did not bail out. He was seen leaving the cockpit to bail out. Two bodies were found in the wreckage. U.S. Navy Lt. Guy Bolt said one of them was 2ndLt Benson. Pvt. Montoya bailed out in Burma. Pvt. Taylor bailed out. 1stLt Gibbins was fatally injured by enemy gunfire while he was still aboard on the deck of the cargo compartment. A statement by SSgt Nelson of Camdenton, Missouri, included: The C-47 crash-landed at about 1200 hours east of Fort Hertz, Burma. The left wing was on fire and the ship was washed out completely. Altitude of bail out unknown. Lt. Beckwith, SSgt. Nelson and the two Privates bailed out. All parachutes opened. It is unknown whether the C-47 exploded when it struck the ground. After landing, SSgt Nelson saw no other crew, dead or alive. Lt. Beckwith later verified the two Privates died. One was wounded while in his chute and the other was found dead on the ground (broken back) after bailing out. He examined the C-47 wreckage four days after the crash. Only fragments of the tail section and wings remained. 2ndLt Benson’s body was found in the wreckage. 1stLt Gibbins’ body was found in the wreckage, too. The bodies were buried by Burmese. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. The family placed a marker in Glen Haven Memorial Park, Sylmar, Los Angeles County, California. He was awarded the Purple Heart.