I am a retired U.S. Marine who, due to my college degrees, conduct research dealing with our local history within southeastern North Carolina.
I have been the subject of many southeastern newspaper and magazine articles and received numerous awards for preserving the history of southeastern North Carolina.
Currently, and mostly at my own time, labor and expense, I am locating old "endangered" cemeteries, some dating to pre-1800. I clean the over-growth of foliage, document cemetery site for protection, and maintain each cemetery the best that I can with my budget. I also present my findings to the general public and educate individuals about information that I have collected.
Over 125 veterans (many African American) from the American Civil War to Vietnam have been rediscovered and properly recognized for their sacrafices. Over seventy "Former" Slaves have been identified. Veterans laid to rest within these and other yet to be found cemeteries need to be recognized.