This outstanding American veteran is a native of Nowata, Oklahoma. He enlisted into the U.S. Army October 14, 1966 and was in Vietnam in October 1967.
In 1969 he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with V for valor, for action on the first day of the Tet Offensive, January 31, 1968. He completed his tour of duty in Vietnam and returned to the United States and was honorable discharged in August 1969, a sergeant.
In 1971 he began to work as a Veterans Service Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, and on November 1, 2001 was appointed Executive Director.
He was named Northeastern Oklahoma State University's alumnus of the year for 2006, and a scholarship was established in his name for children of disabled military veterans.
He represented Oklahoma at the dedication ceremony for the USS Oklahoma Memorial, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 2007.
He retired from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, August 1, 2008.