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Rep. Jim Marshall to attend local banquet
Jim Marshall
Rep. Jim Marshall - photo by Photo provided.
Georgia 8th District U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall will be the keynote speaker for the Liberty County Democratic Party’s 2009 Awards Banquet on Oct. 10.
Marshall serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees. A fourth-term congressman, Marshall was honored by numerous veterans organizations for his campaign to end a disabled veterans tax in his first term. He has visited our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan 13 times. He is a frequent writer, lecturer and national television commentator on military matters.
The son and grandson of army generals, Marshall spent his formative years moving from one army post to another. After graduating from high school in 1966 in Mobile, Ala., he attended Princeton University and was a university scholar. He left Princeton in 1968 to enlist in the Army and volunteered for infantry combat in Vietnam, where he served as an airborne-ranger reconnaissance platoon sergeant, and was wounded and decorated “for heroism in ground combat.” He received numerous military awards, including two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He is also a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame.
After his Vietnam tour, he returned to college, graduated from law school and moved to Macon in 1977, where he and his wife continue to live. During and after his education, he worked as a short order cook, laundry sorter, restaurant manager, welder, mechanic, wilderness instructor, hunting guide, high school teacher and logger. He joined the Mercer University Law School faculty in 1979. He served as mayor of Macon from 1995-1999.
The Liberty County Democratic Committee invites the public to the awards banquet and hear Marshall’s remarks. On Oct. 10 it will be at Club Stewart beginning with a social time at 6 p.m. The banquet starts at 7. Tickets are $50 each and are available from any committee member or by calling 977-4296, 977-4480 or 270-1791.
Awards to be presented are the Winfred Bell Yellow Dog Democrat Award to recognize the person who has shown loyalty to the party and its principles; the Rene Kemp Public Service Award to recognize an elected official who has served the public and the principles of the party; and the Glenn Bryant Award to recognize the person who has worked tirelessly for the party at the grassroots level. New inductees to the Democratic Hall of Fame, established to honor local Democrats who have died, will also be announced.
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