About Carolina Museum of the Marine and Al Gray Civic Institute

“A Firm Foundation for the Future”


To create and sustain a historical and educational complex showcasing the selfless sacrifice, extraordinary achievements and steadfast service of Carolina Marines and Sailors and their host communities while promoting the core values of American citizenship.


The Museum and Civic Institute will preserve the historic achievements, values, and ingenuity that are the hallmark of Carolina Marines and Sailors. We envision a dynamic and engaging complex with two mutually reinforcing activity centers:

  • A world class, high tech and high touch museum that brings to life the legacy of Carolina Marines and Sailors and
  • A companion institute in which students of all ages will learn and practice the enduring core values of American citizenship and the civic virtue that is emblematic of our Marine Corps legends.


Board of Directors
Executive Committee

BGen Dick Vercauteren, USMC (Ret)

Vice Chairman
Mr. Mark Cramer, JD

CAPT Pat Alford, USN (Ret)

Col Joe Atkins, USAF (Ret)

Immediate Past Chairman
Col John B. Sollis, USMC (Ret)

At Large Executive Committee Members
General Al Gray, USMC (Ret) 29th Commandant
LtGen Gary S. McKissock, USMC (Ret)

Mr. Terry Branton
Mr. Tom DeSanctis
MGySgt Osceola Elliss, USMC (Ret)
Col Chuck Geiger, USMC (Ret)
Col Bruce Gombar, USMC (Ret)
LtCol Lynn “Kim” Kimball, USMC (Ret)
CWO3 Richard McIntosh, USMC (Ret)
CWO5 Lisa Potts, USMC (Ret)
Col Grant Sparks, USMC (Ret)
GySgt Forest Spencer, Jr., USMC (Ret)

Col Bill Ayers, PhD, USMC (Ret)


Executive Director
Ashley Danielson

Operations Director
SgtMaj Joe Houle, USMC (Ret)

Finance Director
Richard Koeckert

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