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Womack visits with Vietnam veterans

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Womack visits vets

Andy Womack (at right), Vietnam veteran and former state senator, accepts a mug from Tom Taylor, representing the Vietnam Era Veterans, in appreciation for his recent visit to speak to the group.

Andy Womack, a Vietnam veteran and former state senator, recently spoke to the Vietnam Era Veterans group in Shelbyville.

Womack lived in Flat Creek until age five. He served in Vietnam from 1967-1968 with the 4th Infantry Division. Sgt. Womack received the Combat Infantry Badge and Army

Commendation Medal. Andy went from machine gunner to squad leader to platoon sergeant during the Big Tet Offensive, which took place in Vietnam in January of 1968.

Andy had cancer in 2005 and 2007 as a result of Agent Orange, a poison used to destroy the heavy growth of foliage which covered a great deal of the territory that Vietnam veterans call the “Bush”. 

His PowerPoint presentation to a crowd of about 40 veterans and their spouses was very informative of his “Tour of Duty” in Vietnam.

A Tennessee State senator from 1998-2000, he has been a State Farm agent for the past 32 years. Andy has been married for 44 years and has two children and two grandchildren. 

The Vietnam Era Veterans will meet the first Thursday in June which is D-Day, June 6.  Vietnam veterans will be in their new “Base Camp” at the V.F.W. building on Depot Street in Shelbyville. This will be the group’s third anniversary.

For more information about the group, please call Tom Taylor at 931-684-2557.