Born: February 12th, 1933 in Star City, Saskatchewan, Canada
1st grade: Catholic grade school in Van Nuys
1952 to 1953: Naval Aviation Cadet at Pensacola Fl. and Kingsville, TX. (Commissioned on 9/15/1953)
1953: Jet Transition Training at NAS Kingsville
1953 to 1955: Fighter Squadron 112 based at NAS Miramar flying F9F-6 “Cougars.” Deployed to WestPac on the USS Kearsarge (CVA 33).
1956-1958: ATU 205 at NAS Memphis. Advanced jet transition instructor flying the TV-2 (T-33).
1958: Navy Line School, Monterey, CA
1958-1960: USS Lexington: Hangar Deck Officer and Assistant Navigator.
1960: Fighter Squadron 121: F3H Demon transition training.
1960 to 1962: Fighter Squadron 193: Safety Officer and then Operations Officer in this F3H Demon Squadron based at NAS Miramar. WestPac cruise on the Bonne Homme Richard (CVA-31)
1963 to 1964: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA (promoted to Lt. Cmdr in July 1963)
1964 to 1965: VT-24: Instructed in advanced jet transition, instruments and fighter tactics, flying the F9F-8T "Cougar," at NAS Beeville, Texas.
1965 to 1967: Naval Aviation Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer on the staff of the Commander Naval Air Advanced Training. At NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.
1967 to 1968: Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Three (RVAH-3). RA-5C "Vigilante" transition training at Sanford, Florida.
1968 to 1970: Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Eleven (RVAH-11): Operations Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of this North American RA-5C squadron based at NAS Albany, Georgia. Two cruises to WestPac on the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). Flew 100 Combat missions over North Vietnam. Awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and 10 Air Medals. During that period the squadron was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation and a Navy Unit Commendation. A Vigilante video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyIOyQniNe0&NR=1
1970 to 1972: USS Oriskany (CVA-34): Assistant Air Officer and then Air Officer ("Air Boss"). Made two cruises to WestPac. During that period the Oriskany was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
1972 to 1975: Staff of the Chief of Naval Material in Arlington, VA.: Director of the Advanced Vehicles Division under the Chief of Naval Development. (Selected for Captain USN on 8/31/73. Date of Rank: 7/01/1974)
1975 to 1982: Systems Analyst at Decision Science, Inc., San Diego
1994 to 2003: President of the Rancho North Coast Democratic Club
1997: San Diego County Democratic Party Chair's Award
Types of aircraft flown: SNJ “Harvard,” F6F “Hellcat,” C-45, TV-2/T-33 "Seastar," F9F-5 “Panther,” F9F-6 “Cougar,” F9F-8T/TF-9J “Cougar,” T-28 “Trojan,” TF/C1A “Trader,” F3H-2 “Demon,” RA-5C “Vigilante”
Total Hours: 3864
Carrier Landings Day: 423
RA-5C Carrier Landings Day: 149
1932 Ford Model A Roadster, 1937 Ford 2 Door, 1949 Ford 2 Door, 1955 Ford Victoria, 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, 1957 Ford Thunderbird, 1958 Thunderbird, 1960 Ford Falcon, 1958 Austin Healey 100, 1962 Corvair Monza Coupe, 1963 Corvette, 1960 VW, 1968 VW, 1968 Porsche 911L, 1974 Volvo 164, 1975 VW Rabbit, 1978 Porsche 924, 1984 BMW 325i, 1985 Volvo 760, 2002 Mercedes C220, 2004 Mercedes C320, 2008 Mercedes C350, 2010 Mercedes E-350