|Patrick Ryan McGrady (#47493566)|
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I was born in a small hick town called Hillsville, located in Carroll county in Southwest Virginia in 1959 and was raised by a dedicated and now retired marine and a wonderful mother. I have a loving sister who is the only red head in the family. I served with the U.S. Army from 1979-1992. Upon receiving my honorable discharge as a Sergeant, I transitioned to civilian life eventually finding myself working for the cemetery system taking care of our veterans and their families. I got married on February 27, 1999 to my loving, devoted and wonderful wife Dawn Marie and we live in Alexandria, Va. I was working for the Department of Veterans Affairs at Quantico National Cemetery from Oct 6, 2003 with my last day there on June 14, 2013.|
On June 17, 2013, I started working for the Department of the Army as a Cemetery Representative at Arlington National Cemetery. The Department of the Army not only manages Arlington National Cemetery, it also manages the Soldiers & Airmens Home National Cemetery in Washington, DC.
As of July 27, 2015, I am in a new position as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the Quality Assurance Division at Arlington National Cemetery, taking photos of headstones and markers for the contractors to review, and once approved, the photos are uploaded to our website at the findagrave link so the families can view, as well as checking in incoming headstones for accuracy.
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|Charlotte Williams||Elwood Barden|
Thank you so much for the headstone picture of Mr. Barden.It is much appreciated!
I have requested the creator of James (the child)
to attach his parents. I'm unable to do it, it has to be done by the child's creator. - thanks for the update
Added by DMD on Jun 14, 2015 7:15 PM
|Patty Valentino||Thank You....|
...Mr. McGrady for adding the new photograph of Audie Murphy's headstone.
And thank you so very much for your invaluable service to our Nation. God bless you and your family.
|Jennifer Rowland||James L. Rowland|
Thank you very much Patrick, for leaving this
headstone of Mr. Rowland and your service for
our country. Sincerely, Jen
|Donna Sutphin Armentrout||*Waves from Hillsville*|
Would you like for me to transfer to you
Jeffery Wayne Barr
March 30, 1963 - April 20, 2014
|thawley||Keith Clark memorial photo|
Thank you for posting the photo of Keith Clark on his Find A Grave memorial. I follow the Taps for Veterans page on Facebook, and posted a comment there about how to find him on Find A Grave, in the hope others would leave "flowers" in honor of the man who played Taps at JFK's funeral. And Thank You for your many years of military service, also.
Added by thawley on Nov 17, 2013 1:32 PM
|Anne Cady||Arlington Section Numbers|
Thanks for the correction. I inherited a bunch of memorials for interments from 1918-1921 that had been imported from the VA database when the person who created them left the site a number of years ago. The find-a-grave admins knew how much time I spent at Arlington and decided to put them under my management. Many of the VA records used the original section numbering at Arlington (EUR, White, etc for 18; Col E for 19, CLD E for 25, South for 3, East for 2, West for 1, WWW for 17, Spa Wa, Nurse, Ft My, etc). I wish there was a way to change them all automatically, but there isn't. I do fix them when I come upon them, especially the ones that had the Colored designation. Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that I do know better. I've spent 2-3 days a week from November - May at Arlington for the last 6 years. It's one of my favorite places.
Also, if you have problems getting issues fixed with memorials on Find-a-grave in Arlington let me know. I also have full cemetery admin rights and can merge duplicates, fix any fields that are wrong, etc.