Third Sergeant Major of the
  United States Marine Corps
  June 29, 1962 - July 16, 1965
  Korean War
  Vietnam War
His personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation with four bronze stars in lieu of second through fifth awards, the Good Conduct Medal with one silver star and 2 bronze stars indicative of five through 8th awards, the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Europe clasp, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with four bronze stars, the United Nations Service Medal, and three awards of the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.