James R. "J.R." Gorham

Falkland, Pitt County, North Carolina


United States Army, NC National Guard

August 12, 1974 - September 30, 2012

Ft. Jackson, SC (Basic Training); Ft. Gordon (Advanced Individual Training), Ft. Bragg, NC; Ft. Hood, Tx; Joint Forces Headquarters, Raleigh; Balad, Iraq

General James R. Gorham was born into a sharecropping family in rural Falkland, Pitt County, North Carolina. A natural leader since his youth, he served in the student government of Farmville High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served for three years before joining the North Carolina National Guard, becoming the first African American commissioned as Brigadier General in the organization’s history. In his civilian life, Gorham served as vice-president of First Citizens Bank in Kernersville, North Carolina and is currently serving as the Director of Special Projects in the N.C. Department of Public Safety. To learn more or to purchase a personalized copy of his book, please visit: http://generaljrgorham.publishpath.com/.