Presenting the Program "Wright or Wrong- Little Known Facts about the Wright Brothers...and a few common misconceptions,"

This is an extremely informative and entertaining program, as you can see.  The mantra becomes "I didn't know that!" and it is heard with laughter quite a few times throughout this eye-opening presentation.

Honoring Our Heroes; Preserving Our Past 

​North Carolina State Fair, Dorton Arena, Raleigh, NC October 2015

​Learn with amazement about the greatest NC maritime heroes you will never forget ~ America's Forgotten Heroes...the unsung rescue heroes of the

United States Life-Saving Service (predecessor of the US Coast Guard).


U.S. Life-Saving Service OBX-pert: Author, Presenter,                   Tour Guide, Speaker, Historian


It was a good lecture.

~ ~ ~ Casey, Age 11, Arapahoe, NC

Great!  Thank you, James

~ ~ ~ J. Salter, New Bern, NC

Outstanding program.

~ ~ ~  The Haggetts, New Bern, NC

Very Interesting.  Loved the outfit!  

~ ~ ~  Lorelie Schaffhausen, New Bern, NC

This was a wonderful presentation—so very interesting….I was just at Portsmouth Island and Cape Lookout this summer and you gave “Life” to the displays I saw at their museums.
~ ~ ~  Jennifer I. Nance, New Bern, NC

The following are audience testimonials from the presentation at Tryon Palace, North Carolina History Center, New Bern, NC, July 18, 2015

Very informative presentation and inspirational.  The presenter was very dramatic and helped the audience to envision the actual rescue of the Mirlo on August 16, 1918 by the U.S. Life-Saving Service… 

~ ~ ~ David Babcock, Harbor Springs, Michigan.

 Very informative and well presented about a piece of forgotten history.

~ ~ ~ Robert Papasodero, Brooklyn, NY

 So informative.  I had no idea.  So important to let the public know about these historic heroes.  Thank you and keep it going!

~ ~ ~  P. Toth, New Bern, NC

 Keeper James, you bring forward  the greatest of our times… No one can claim knowledge of U.S. History until they’ve heard about the U.S. Life-Saving Service.

~ ~ ~ Gloria Schraud, New Bern, NC

 Don’t miss this thrilling piece of history that America has forgotten! This should be taught in all American History classes in all schools!

~ ~ ~ James Brown, Bridgeport, CT


Featured Speaker,Tryon Palace, North Carolina History Center, New Bern, NC, Saturday, July 18, 2015 "North Carolina in the Great War Weekend"


Direct Predecessor of Today’s

U.S. Coast Guard

“They were the greatest heroes of the American coast,
routinely risking their lives in the grand maritime rescues…yet somehow, America forgot these

peaceful heroes.”

- Author Ralph Shanks

The United States Life-Saving Service is one of the least-known yet most fascinating and inspirational aspects in all of America’s storied history.

During their 44-year history, nationwide, using no more than small, open, wooden boats and cork life belts, often in violent and dangerous storms, they responded to over 178,000 lives in peril…of which they saved, OVER 177,000 souls  

Yet, somehow, America FORGOT these

peaceful heroes.



First, the NC beaches were patrolled, then then NC highways, all to keep you safe!

Talking with audience members after the presentation

During the presentation in their beautiful theater

Keeper James's New Book!!!-

See "Freelance" Tab for info 

Part of "NC Military Through the Ages" Exhibit

Presenting the United States Life-Saving Service

THE MOST RECENT PRESENTATIONS will soon be added here. THE most recent will be at the bottom of the scroll. My new book about OBX Wrecks & Rescues is completed AND PUBLISHED! Will update LOTS of pix and events soon.

Keeper James with the other World War One re-enactors at the Tryon Palace North Carolina History Center




1871 - 1915

​Camp Hatteras, Waves, NC Outer Banks, October 2015


James D. "Keeper James" Charlet

Phone: 252-996-0493