1 Nephi 1: 1, 3
...therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days. And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.

^^That pretty much explains this blog.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Twenty-Six Years Ago and Still Remembered

It's been a Dad Week. First Veterans Day, and November 14 marked the 26th Anniversary of my father's death. I wrote about it on my blog, Requisite Respite, on the 20th Anniversary in 2009. 

Henry J. Tobelmann, Jr., October 1989, one month before he died at age 63
February 3, 1926-November 14, 1989
RIP, Dad
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Friday, November 13, 2015

My Dad, the Sailor Man: he's strong to the finish

In honor of Veterans Day a few days ago . . .
This photo was messed up and I tried to fix it with Adobe Photoshop years ago.

My dad joined the Navy in about 1945 when he was 19. The story goes that he didn't weigh enough to get into the service, so he ate banana splits for breakfast, lunch and dinner until he got up to 125 lbs. and could finally join up. He served in the Great Lakes Navy Camp at a desk job, I think, and never saw combat, but I am proud that he wanted to serve his country. By doing so, he was able to go to college on the GI bill--graduated from Villanova University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also bought his parents a house in Coatesville on the GI bill in about 1950. They had lost their first house in New Orleans during the depression in the 1930s. He was probably able to buy his other houses that way, too. 
Thanks for serving, dad. Here's to you