He enlisted in the USAAF in Fort Worth, Texas, on 21 January 1941. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. He served for two years in the Caribbean area before being transferred to 20th Air Force in India then to an advance airfield in China. On 29 July 1944, a B-29, # 42-6351, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed an airfield at Hsinching, China, on a bombing mission. The last known location of the B-29 was three miles southeast of Heinching. The # 4 engine had to be feathered. As they lowered the landing gear, the # 3 engine quit, thus it crashed on its emergency landing approach made shortly after departure. After recovery from the airfield cemetery at Shengto, China, his remains were moved to Hawaii then on to be buried in the Moody Cemetery, Moody, Texas, in 1947.