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My wife and I reside in the Blue Ridge mountains of beautiful Western North Carolina with our dog, Max. Our second dog Murphy died several years ago. He'll never be forgotten.

We settled here after a long career in the US Navy. She recently retired 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'm almost finished and none too soon. The 76th anniversary of the Battle is only several months away. To see the results of my research please visit: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=battle_of_midway

Each edit I submit to memorial managers has been researched in depth by me. If I'm not sure about what I'm asking for I won't submit it. If you have a question about an edit submission please ask before you reject it! To date (April 2018) I have submitted almost 4200 edit requests and 46 have been rejected. Of those 46 rejections the managers did not give what I consider a legitimate reason for doing so. In some case no reason was given at all. I try not to waste your time or mine by submitting bad edit requests. Please contact me before rejecting any edit I've submitted. I'll be happy to provide supporting documentation.

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

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