Decorated General to Speak on Vietnam

April 03, 2009

Decorated General to Speak on Vietnam Retired U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude will speak at the main campus at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, on "Vietnam: Looking Back After Three Tours and a Return Trip."

The lecture will be held in the Student Community Center. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

General Draude served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 30 years. During three tours of duty during the Vietnam War, he served as an infantry platoon and company commander, and was an adviser to the Vietnam Marines. He later served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm before retiring from military service in 1993. He has received 10 personal awards for combat, including two Silver Star medals and the Purple Heart.

General Draude has also been an important member of the Saint Leo community for years. He has previously served as a member of the university’s board of trustees, and also served on the board of directors of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, an interfaith center housed on the main campus of Saint Leo University.