Mark Shoemaker entered the Vietnam War in 1970 - at age 21. Originally from Herkimer, Shoemaker was a Cobra Helicopter Pilot - to this day, he still has his commercial pilot license. Shoemaker served until 1971, earning a purple heart, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and a New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. After serving in the war, Shoemaker moved back to central new York and began a very diversified dual-career. He was an art dealer selling 18th and 19th century paintings - while serving as an Adirondack hunting and fishing guide. Now retired and living in Otter Lake, Shoemaker has been quite involved in helping his fellow veterans. He was the district commander for the VFW, has taken care of veterans in nursing homes and veteran hospitals, and runs both parades and funerals for the VFW in Boonville.
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