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Ship sails in

March 2, 2012

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Jordan Hensley visited the Wapakoneta Elementary School on Thursday to surprise his mother, Annette Hensley. Jordan Hensley had been deployed on the USS Dewey for an eight-month stay.

Most parents know their children can be ornery, no matter their age.

Under the circumstances, Annette Hensley is likely to forgive that tendency in her son.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Jordan Hensley surprised his mother Thursday at the Wapakoneta Elementary School Thursday with a visit. Annette Hensley works in the cafeteria at the school.

The son of Annette and Michael Hensley had been deployed on the USS Dewey for an eight-month stay and had told his mother he was not going to be home to visit because of time issues. However, Jordan had been planning to visit and surprise his mother at home for several months.

“I had been talking to my chief about it and other guys I work with,” Jordan said. “I guess it worked.”

The look on his mother’s face the second she spotted her son told the story. Jordan had in fact succeeded at totally surprising her.

“I had asked him to come home but I didn’t think he could,” Annette said. “He said he didn’t have the time. I was terribly surprised.

Now that the surprise is over, Jordan will spend time catching up with his family on a 10-day leave.

The ship Jordan was on recently made the news. He was part of a crew that helped rescue several Iraqis distressed on a sinking fishing dhow on the Central Arabian Sea. The USS. Dewey delivered 150 pounds of food and medical supplies to the Iraqis on Jan. 21.

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