Prewar, he was an agriculture teacher at Dexter School in Laurens County. He resigned during December 1941 to enlist. Called up to the USMC Reserves on April 7, 1942 and reported to Quantico, Virginia. Graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant on August 25 and then went to New River, North Carolina for paratrooper training during October 1942. Afterwards, attached to the 1st Parachute Division, 1st Marines.
Sent overseas, arriving on Guadalcanal during September. Next, served at Bougainville where he saw combat duty and was slightly wounded, but remained in the combat zone until January 12, 1944. Afterwards, sent back to the United States and joined the 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA to train other Marines.
Later, he opted to return to combat and was assigned to headquarters, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines and landed at Pelelieu. On October 18, 1944, while riding on the back of M4 Sherman as a guide, this tank struck a mine and was blown upside down. He and the crew were killed in the explosion.
A Memorial to Georgia Teachers of Vocational Agriculture who fought, suffered, died & worked to win the war, page 2, 6-7
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