World War II
His mother died when he was 16 shortly before the United States was forced into WW2 by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Initially rejected from joining our Army because he was too young, his sister helped him back date his birth date by one year so he could join. He served in combat as an Infantryman in the 3rd Infantry Division, starting with the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 and fighting the Nazis and Italians all the way up the Italian peninsula for over a year. He earned every award for valor in combat that America could bestow.