Served in the 363rd Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division.World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 363d Infantry, 91st Infantry Division, near Scarperia, Italy. As leader of a squad of 7 men he was ordered to establish a combat post to cover his companyís exposed flank. On September 16, 1944, repeated enemy counterattacks killed or wounded all his men but he remained at his position. During the night the enemy launched itís heaviest attack on Company B, putting pressure against the lone defender of the left flank. In spite of mortar and machinegun fire, he held his exposed position and inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy. Frustrated with all attempts at infiltration, on September 17, 25 German soldiers surrendered to him. That night he secured the removal of wounded to the rear and remained on watch until his company was relieved the following morning. He was responsible for defeating the enemy's attempts to turn the exposed left flank on his company without success.