I was born in a small 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 who has left us and now an angel in heaven as of August 24, 2015. 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.
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 84894043 Yes, I will transfer it to you. I was about to contact you anyways regarding the info you wanted me to add. Since it would violate multiple site rules for me to post it, I was going to offer to transfer it anyways. The site prohibits posting the names of living individuals without their permission (its OK to say survived by 2 daughters, or whatever...just no names). Also, the terms and conditions that bind the use of the site say a member can only republish articles on the site if they have full permission of the original publisher/author, which I don't have. Hopefully you have that...if not, be careful. There are a number of newspapers coming after this issue on find-a-grave lately, which is why it was added into the official terms and conditions for the site (it use to be in the FAQ's which are not binding).
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. Sincerely, Patty
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.
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.