06/17/2010 06:07 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reformed Klansman Plays Leading Role In Gulf Cleanup

George Malvaney says he shed his Ku Klux Klan membership and his abortive career as a mercenary by the time he walked out of federal prison, never looking back, two days before his 23rd birthday in July 1982.

Today, Malvaney is a key player in the protection and cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline as oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's Deepwater Horizon well. He works daily with Gulf Coast mayors and supervisors, and recently took Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., on a tour of a BP staging area in Gulfport.

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