Bud enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 17th birthday. He graduated 1st in his A-School class and received a promotion. He was stationed at Cecil Field NAS in Florida, Patuxent River NAS in Maryland, working on the F18 and Point Mugu NAS in California working on the C130. He had just passed the test for E-6 before he was killed. His story is told in: BUD: Homicide Turns a Blue Star Gold that shares the story of Bud, who lost his life in the line of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom, two years after the death of his brother, Jeffrey, murdered at 18 years of age.