Don East is a member of the NCVA and the Smoky Mountain Chapter. He began his career as a CT T-Brancher. He was a First Class Petty Officer when he received his commission in Pensacola as a Naval Flight Officer. Don has written a book about his recollection of the Creek Indians of East Central Alabama.
He was born and raised in the area, being of Creek Indian Ancestry, and spending all of his youth and young adult years there, he has a deep personal understanding of the Hillabee Creek Indians and Clay County. He says that "its a local history, that won't ever reach the best seller list. But the monetary aspect was not the goal of the book, the goal was to get the history out before I croak, since a lot of it was stored in my head