He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, on 22 October 1942. He trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber aerial machineguns on the B29 Superfortress, earned his crewman wings, and was the left waist gunner on the day he died. On 14 October 1944, a B-29, # 42-680, “Klank-Klank,” assigned to 20th Air Force, Dudhkundi, India, 444th Bomb Group, 678h Bomb Squadron, departed Kwanghang, China, on a bombing mission to Okayma, Taiwan, and was “lost due to unknown reasons.” All died in the crash of the B-29 Superfortress. 42-6280 was believed to have been seen when the formation was coming together at Sui-Ning (30-29 N – 105-36 E) at about 0700. The formation entered an overcast and 42-6280 was not seen again. B-29, 42-6202 landed at Liangshan, believes he heard 42-6280 calling Liangshan when 42-6202 was circling Liangshan before landing at about 1600. His remains, with the unidentifiable remains of the crew, were recovered from China and all were buried in a two-casket group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 29 November 1949 (Sec. 79, Site 426 C & D). He was awarded the Purple Heart.
His brother, Jesse D. Catron, born 28 June 1921, served as a Technical Sergeant in the USAAF during WW II. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN, 19 July 1942.
His brother, Leslie R. Catron, born 17 April 1920, served in the U.S. Navy from 27 June 1944 to 2 February 1946.
His brother, Glay Catron, born 9 April 1924, served in the U.S. Army from 20 February 1943 (enlisted in Indianapolis, IN) to 22 February 1946.
His brother, Gayle D. Catron, born in 1926, served in the U.S. Navy (# 9559164). In Feb., 1945, a Seaman 2nd Class aboard the LSCL-3 114; Sept. 1945, a Seaman 3rd Class same ship; 1 Jan. 1946, Seaman 3rd Class, same ship; in May 1946, a Seaman 2nd Class aboard the same ship then transferred to permanent duty effective 18 May 1946 to Great Lakes, Illinois