American war hero who was a United States Army helicopter pilot and received the Medal of Honor for his participation in the Battle of Ia Drang during the Vietnam War.
He graduated from Washington High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was seventeen.
He flew helicopters for 20 years after returning to civilian life and his work included fighting wildfires and conducting animal censuses.
He married Barbara Morgan in 1954 and they had two sons Mike and Doug.
He was presented with the Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush in 2001.