Veteran of the Week: Sgt. Elmer Vaiden Agee

Published 5:42 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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By MELANIE POOLE / Special to the Reporter

The Veteran of the Week is sponsored by the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor at the American Village — honoring America’s veterans and telling the stories of their service and sacrifice for the cause of liberty.


“The American Village is pleased to join the Shelby County Reporter in recognizing Sgt. Elmer Agee as Veteran of the Week,” American Village founder and CEO Tom Walker said. “He is representative of the hundreds of thousands of Alabamians who have risked it all for the sake of our country and its freedom. To all veterans we owe a debt we can never fully repay.”

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Here are highlights about this week’s Veteran of the Week:

Elmer Agee was born in Clark County, Alabama, in 1918 to a farming family. He entered active duty on Jan. 8, 1940 in Montgomery, and was assigned to Camp Bell in Clark County, and later to Company A 512th Military Police. His service took him to Bastogne, followed by the occupation of Germany. He saw action at Normandy (Northern France), Central Europe, the Rhinelands, and Ardennes. Agee received the Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Driver’s/Mechanic’s Badge, World War II Lapel Pin, U.S. Army Lapel Pin, Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Army Good Conduct Medal for his service.

Melanie Poole is Communications Officer for the American Village and can be reached at