After graduation, Gene served aboard the light cruiser NASHVILLE through half of the war as a deck division officer and then as Electrical Officer. During this period, NASHVILLE operated on the West Coast, Hawaii, North Atlantic to Iceland, Bermuda, Pacific to Japan (Doolittle Raid), Aleutians, and Solomons.
For the second half of the war, Gene served aboard the submarine SEADRAGON as Engineer and Torpedo Data Computer Operator (Fire Control Officer), making four successful war patrols and receiving the Silver Star. Then he served aboard GREENLING as Executive Officer, completing one war patrol.
In June, 1945, Gene went to the P.G. course in Naval Design Engineering at Annapolis, which was completed in 1948. Then he was off to Hawaii as a submarine Squadron Engineer for one year before becoming Executive Officer of the submarine BECUNA. This was followed by a short tour as Ordnance Officer, Submarine Base, New London. From 1951 on, Gene had the good fortune of rotating duties afloat and ashore with all sea duties being in command and shore duties being senior staff positions and one in command of a shore station.
His afloat tours were: command of the submarine BANG; the submarine VOLADOR; the destroyer BRISTOL; the amphibious flagship TACONIC; and the command cruiser NORTHAMPTON. His shore assignments included: Operations Officer of an ASW development detachment in Key West; Director, Fleet Communications, OPNAV; C.O., Naval Communications Station, Japan; Department Head, War Gaming Department, Naval War College; and Deputy Director, Information Systems Division, OPNAV.
"Retiring" in 1970, he went to work as Director, MIS National Girl Scouts Organization. Four years later, he joined The International Trade Facilitation Council, fleeting up eleven years later to Executive Director which he has continued to be ever since.
Other "trail markers" over the years included: District Chairman, Boy Scouts Far East Council; Black Belt Aikido; M.S. in International Affairs; President, Naval Academy Alumni Association, New York; President, Westchester County Tennis Club; U.S. Business Representative at United Nations Economic Commission European meetings; and hosting President Lyndon Johnson and Northeast governors, congressmen and families on an overnight cruise aboard Northampton.
Gene has been very happily married to his wife, Charlotte, of Huntington, Indiana, since their wedding forty years ago in Hawaii. They have two sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren.