He loved music and continued his music study in the Navy; he was assigned to a band unit and send to the Panama Canal, aboard the USS Birmingham. In 1922 the bans was transferred to the USS Cleveland and later to the battleship Oklahoma, where Booe was the bandmaster.
At daybreak, December 7, 1941, the band was assembling on the deck of the USS Oklahoma when the Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Chief Petty Officer Booe went down with his ship.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter No 86 in Flagler Beach, Florida is named in his honor.