Last Known Activity Served in Arizona National Guard, 158th Infantry Regiment Medical Detachment, 1928-1933. Ranked Private, Private First Class, Specialist Fourth Class, and Sergeant.
Lettered in varsity football at Tucson High School. Nicknamed "Tarzan." Selected to Conference All-Star, All-Southern Arizona, All-Arizona, and Yuma Sentinel All-State Teams.
Lettered in varsity track and field at THS. Won medals and set records at Greenway Track and Field Day, Southern Arizona Conference, Southwestern Regional, and Arizona State Meets.
Lettered in varsity football at University of Arizona. Nicknamed "King Kong." Selected to All-Border Conference, Arizona Daily Star All-Border Conference, Arizona Wildcat All-Border Conference, and Phoenix Gazette All-Border Conference Teams.
Named to Associated Press All-America Football Team -- Honorable Mention, 1936. (First from Arizona to be selected)
Named to Liberty magazine All-Players All-America Team, 1936.
Lettered in varsity track and field at UA, competing in shot put, discus, javelin, high jump. Won medals and set records at Greenway Track and Field Day, Border Conference, and Arizona/San Diego Dual Meets. One javelin record stood for 32 years. Named Outstanding Athlete and High-Point AAU Athlete.
Won UA Intramural and Southwestern Amateur Athletic Union heavyweight boxing championships and UA Intramural heavyweight wrestling championship.
Won Arizona Golden Gloves Heavyweight Boxing Championship by first-round knockout, 1937.
Played professional football with NFL Chicago Cardinals, 1937-1938. (First from UA to go pro) Named All-Pro Honorable Mention.
Worked as a sparring partner in Livermore, California, for boxer Max Baer, one-time Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Boxed professionally through 1940, including bouts in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, California, and Oregon. Dubbed "Arizona's Heavyweight Sensation - 47." Managed by Frank Paccassi.
Elected to Tucson High School Athletic Hall of Fame, 1996; University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, 1996; Pima County Sports Hall of Fame, 1998; All-Time Arizona Honor Grid Team, 1949; All-Time Rocky Mountain-Southwest Football Team, 1969; Modern All-Stars U of A Football Team, 1969; All-Time University of Arizona 11 Best Players, 1985; Top 50 UA Football Players of All Time, 2013.
Enlisted in USMC January 16, 1941. Served in active duty through January 22, 1946, rising from private to captain during the war, and retiring a major.
Nicknamed "Big Mike," "Iron Mike," and "Saddle Up Mike."
Received a battlefield commission at Guadalcanal in 1942.
Volunteered for and served with Marine Raiders, September 20, 1942-January 31, 1944.
Served 44 months of foreign and sea service, which included Wallis Island, Guadalcanal/Tulagi, Pavuvu, Puruata, Bougainville, Emirau, Mussau, Iwo Jima, and Sasebo, Kyushu landing in Japan.
Wounded in battle multiple times, including gunshot wound to the leg, shrapnel in the shoulder, injuries to his hands, and hearing problems due to a nearby exploding mortar.
Served postwar in Reserve and Ready Reserve, with military occupational specialty of Engineer Officer. Completed active duty Cold Weather Training, January 11-23, 1952.
Named Executive Officer, 3rd Supply Company, Tucson Reserve and served as member of Volunteeer Trainng Unit (Guided Missile).
Became a member of the Retired Reserve on July 1, 1963, and retired from USMC on January 1, 1971.
On November 20, 1998, inducted into Marine Corps Mustang Association, honoring officers rising from the enlisted ranks.
During 1930s and 1940s, employed as construction worker and foreman in residential and commercial building; heavy equipment operator; special patrolman, Tucson Police Department; welder, steel structural designer, and superintendent for steel building company; firefighter and driver, Tucson Fire Department, 1946-1951. Held contractor's license in cast stone, ornamental plaster, concrete, and cement.
Returned to the University of Arizona in 1951, and earned Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1955.
Employed as engineer, Silverbell mining project, Arizona, 1955-1957; engineer, Toquepala copper mine, Peru, 1957-1958; forest engineer, United States Forest Service, Coronado National Forest, 1959-1975, in charge of engineering design, construction, and maintenance in the 1,875,000-acre forest.
Married Nellie Ahee, 1946. The couple had one daughter, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.