The following is his record:
Enlisted in U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday - June 12, 1942
Earned the "Wings of Gold" Naval Aviator Rating June 9, 1943 at the age of 18 years, 11 months, and 27 days
Qualified as carrier pilot on USS Sable August 24, 1943
Assigned to VT-51 aboard the new carrier San Jacinto CVL-30 as part of Task Force 58 in May, 1944
Doomed flight on September 2, 1944, while attacking Japanese held island of Chichi Jima he was shot down and lost his two crewmen: John Delaney ARM-3C, and Lt. (JG) Ted White, Squadron Ordinance Officer
Rescued by the submarine Finback SS-230
Returned to his squadron and flew twelve more missions, thereby totaling 58 combat missions.