George Laird Tells Royal Arch Masons About Fishing with Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

OSWEGO, NY – On Monday, Companion and newly minted Sir Knight George Laird III, told the members of Lake Ontario RAM No. 165 about his father’s friendship with Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

Both men had a love for fly fishing and a long friendship.

Sir Knight George Laird III
Sir Knight George Laird III

Roosevelt Jr. was the son of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Teddy was a Mason as was his father.

As a Brigadier General, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was the only general to lead troops on the beaches during D Day, June 6, 1944, landing on Utah Beach leading VII Corps.

For his bravery he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Six days later, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. died from a heart attack.

Among his many accomplishment in the military, business and politics Teddy was known as a great fly fisherman.

Laird shared photos of his father and his friend fishing for trout in various streams.

He also shared a collection of letters Teddy sent to his father at various time in his career while he served as assistant Sectary of the Navy, Governor of Puerto Rico and during his travels.

He never failed to refer to fly fishing.