Giving thanks – Chief Henry R. Roesing Sr.

At 76 years old today, I’m again reminded of my father, Henry Roy Roesing Sr., who almost made it to 69 years old. He was a colorful character. I heard his hair-raising sea stories, it seems, from before I could walk. They were often so wild and vivid I thought my active duty started before my teens. I never dared ask him, but I sometimes wondered, “Could this have really happened?”