General Tom Draude, USMC

Brigadier General Tom Draude served in the United States Marine Corps for 30-1/2 years, retiring on 1 January 1993. His career included serving three times in Vietnam as an infantry platoon and company commander, and as an advisor to the Vietnamese Marines. He served as the Assistant Division Commander of the First Marine Division during Desert Shield and Desert Storm; he also was responsible for the Marine deception operations in the combat theatre. He retired as the Director of Public Affairs for the Marine Corps and served on the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces. He received two Distinguished Service Medals and ten personal awards for combat, including two Silver Star Medals and the Purple Heart Medal.  He retired from USAA as a Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Tampa office of over 1700 employees. He also retired as the President and CEO of the Marine Corps University Foundation in Quantico where he also taught at the Marine Corps University courses in Information Operations and a Case Study on Relief of a Commander in Combat.General Draude graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy. He was awarded a Master’s degree in Military Arts and Sciences and was an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the National War College and was awarded a Honorary Doctor of Warfare Studies from the Marine Corps University.

Gen. Draude has been married to his wife Sandi for 50 years.  They have three adult children and four grandchildren. Tom and his wife are members of Epiphany of Our Lord Parish.