Frank often spoke of his buddies from the Navy. He didn't have any real family to speak of. The United States Navy was it. I can't remember his friend's names, perhaps a few are still around. Most of Frank's stories involved drinking and fighting. My Dad was 5'11" and never weighted more than 170 pounds in his life. I kind of doubt he won as many fights as he claimed.
However, born in the country and was a tough farmboy who grew up in an abusive home. I knew a man filled with rage and anger, I'm sure when he got drunk and let loose it probally got ugly.