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We reside in the Blue Ridge mountains of beautiful Western North Carolina. Max, our Welsh Springer Spaniel, passed away today (20 Aug 2019) after a brief illness. His "brother" Murphy, also a "Welshie" died several years ago. They'll be forever in our hearts.

We settled here after a long career in the US Navy. My wife retired in 2013 after many different careers the last of which was 10 years as a hospice chaplain and trainer. Now she is a quilting aficionado (actually quite good), and I'm an ardent history buff which nicely compliments another passion; family research/genealogy. One of my goals for the families I research is to reunite/link their members together on Find A Grave. I'm especially passionate about linking our military heroes with their families. In many cases they are just names on a tablet, but they had lives and families, birthdays, sometimes siblings and children and most often interesting stories about their lives. I don't want to see them lost to time. To this end I have, since May 2015, been researching the family and military history of each member of the Navy/Marine Corps air crews killed during the Battle of Midway. I have since completed that project, and I have been researching those sailors MIA during the early Java Sea/Indian Ocean campaigns.

I appreciate everyone who contributes to this great endeavor on Find A Grave. Best regards, Gerry

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