MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) Col. Billy McGowan served his country for decades before retiring in 1994 and he's about to share his experiences with the public.
Col. Billy McGowan
He grew up in Marlin and attended Prairie View A&M before graduating in 1967, then immediately joined the Army and served in Vietnam as a tank platoon leader and company commander.
That started his nearly 28 year military career.
McGowan has been stationed all over the world including Germany, South Korea, Fort Bliss, Fort Hood, and many other locations.
He's been an AROTC instructor, chief of staff, inspector general, and served in multiple other positions.
He retired as the senior Army Advisor, 90th U.S. Army Reserve Command in September 1994.
Col. McGowan has received the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star among other honors.
After leaving active duty he served his community as a social worker with Communities in Schools.
He will be speaking to the Marlin Rotary Club Wednesday, February 20 as part of a Black History Month lecture series.
The event is happening at The Chicken Place at 504 Bridge Street in Marlin at 12 p.m.