He was killed in action on Iwo Jima on March 1, 1945. Besides his parents, he left behind four brothers (three serving our country in Germany, The Philippines and England) and three sisters. He was 21 years old.
A pro-burial service was held for him on April 7, 1945 at St. Peter's Church on Gorham Street. He is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.