As an infantryman in Korean War July 1950 to January 1951, when he received his third Purple Heart and was flown to Osaka General Hospital in Japan. Placed on limited duty assignment in Kyoto, military MOS changed from Infantry to Athletic Instructor Primary and Entertainment Specialist secondary.
Booking talent for the NCO club in Kyoto, met many entertainers, actors and dancers. We discovered two rising stars, Eri Chiemi and Tomoko Takara (Jeannie).
After discharge in 1952, came to California and attended El Camino Jr. College where he was elected Freshman Class President and after served 2 terms as Student Body President. Received BEST ACTOR award for two plays and one musical (Carousel) appeared in. Awarded full Academic Scholarship to University of Southern California, where graduated with AB Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi Honors, Blue Key honors. Awarded Fellowship for Graduate School and granted Masters Degree in Drama in 1969.
As a student at USC, served as an Apprentice at La Jolla Playhouse and cast in minor roles in 3 plays. The last play was "Career" with Don Taylor and Ray Danton and my role as "Drunken Soldier" in scene with Don Taylor earned "Comedy Highlight of the Season" in Los Angeles Times review as well as Variety and Hollywood Reporter. This lead to 20th Century Fox bringing me to studio for screen test and placing me in my first movie as Pvt Abbott in "The Young Lions" with Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin.