Of Time and Spirit is a tribute to my father, James Roswell Dorsey Sr. (1919–2000). His story is told from my perspective as a son and traces his journey to inner peace and the struggles of a father and his son to communicate. Further, it is a historical chronology compiled from my dad’s personal papers, military records, civilian personnel records, notes jotted down on scripts of paper, and the many conversations we’ve had over my lifetime. Especially those conversations we had toward the end of his life when I had become a man and could understand some of his innermost feelings, thoughts, and wisdom.

This is a project he wanted to undertake prior to his death; however, age and poor health prevented his version of his life. My account of his life is a small fraction of the man he truly was, but he wanted his life recorded in history, and now it is.