Born in 1939 at Fort Worth, Texas. Was raised on a ranch in North Texas. Joined the U.S. Navy and served honorably for four years. During my time in the Navy made five cruises to the arctic, up into Baffin Bay, Hudson's Bay, into the northern reaches of Foxx Basin. After my navy service, joined the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper. Served most of my army career in parachute or light infantry. Served one tour of duty in Vietnam with the Airborne Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division. My second tour in Vietnam was as an infantry heavy weapons advisor on a mobile advisor team. I also served the army in Hawaii and in Germany. My last assignment before retirement was Weapons Department, The Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. I have been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Cross of Gallantry (Republic of Vietnam), Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist Badge, Commando Badge (French Army). Retired from military service since July 1977.