Bachelor, Monmouth College, 1948. Master of Arts, University Pittsburgh, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy, University Pittsburgh, 1957.
Served as 1st lieutenant United States Army Air Force, 1943-1945. Advanced through grades to major general United States Air Force Reserve, 1976. Recalled to active duty as chief Office of Air Force History, Department Air Force, Washington, since 1976.
Lecturer history University Pittsburgh, 1949-1956. Professor United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, 1956-1976, professor emeritus, since 1994, chairman department history, 1971-1976. Visiting professor University Rochester, 1964, Ball State University, 1965, 67, University Maryland, 1969.
Distinguished visiting professor United States Air Force Academy, 1994-1995.
Married Dorothy Winters Bampton, August 27, 1960. Children: Ann, John.