Andrew Marshall, a combat-wounded Army veteran of the Vietnam War, is currently serving as national commander for the more than 1 million-member DAV. He was elected to the organization’s highest office at the 2021 DAV & Auxiliary National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
As an airborne infantryman serving with the Americal Division in the Khe Sanh Valley in December 1970, Marshall was injured as a result of friendly fire while engaged in combat against the enemy. After two weeks of recovery, he was transferred to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. On patrol in January 1971, he stepped on an improvised booby trap. The explosive injured his left lower extremities, resulting in the amputation of two toes and extensive damage to his left leg.
Marshall was medically retired from the Army after receiving the Bronze Star, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster in lieu of second award, and Army Commendation Medal with “V” device.
Marshall, who retired from DAV as a national service office supervisor in St. Petersburg, Florida, was one of DAV’s first national area supervisors and has held multiple leadership positions during his 41 years with the organization, including judge advocate for the Department of Maryland.
As supervisor of DAV’s national service office in Bay Pines, Florida, Marshall initiated a claim on behalf of a veteran that ultimately resulted in a change to Department of Veterans Affairs policy by allotting multiple clothing allowances for amputees and other severely disabled veterans.
Marshall served for three years on the Florida Veterans Advisory Committee and was also assigned to the DAV Judicial Appeals Office in Washington, D.C.
Marshall has also been very active with DAV at the chapter, department and national levels. He is a past department commander for the DAV Department of Florida, and currently serves as the state’s adjutant and executive director. He also serves as the adjutant and treasurer for Chapter 4 in Tampa, where he’s been a member since 1975.
Marshall resides with his wife, Susan, in Palm Harbor, Florida.