He was a fine example of a servicemen, always putting his fellow brothers ahead of himself. He was a navy explosive ordinance disposal technician. He received a purple heart from a blast in Iraq. He served 11 tours of duty including the one in Iraq, when he stepped on a concealed pressure plate while entering a house, leading to his injuries. He also has received a bronze star for valor and a Defense Meritorious Service medal. He died in an accident in China Lake California, where he was serving at the Naval Air Weapons Station.