11 Aug 1948
On 11 August 1948 he entered the U.S.Air Force, service No. AF19322524, and served nine years until 10 August 1957, attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant. He was awarded the US Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 3 knots, National Defense Service medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korean Medal, a Korea Unit Citation, and a Presidential Unit Citation. His MOS was that of flight engineer and aircraft maintenance. He was expert at the servicing of the F-80, F-84A thru F, F-86 (except K), F-102A, T-33, T-28. He flew on the A-26, B-25, C-45, C-46, C-47, C-54. His unit was the 5th AF, 334 Fighter Squadron interceptor, 4th Fighter Group of 4th Wing; and the 326 Fighter Squadron of the Central Air Defence Command.