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Tom Draude, Veteran on the Move

About this Episode

In this special series released on Wednesdays, we are honored to have Brigadier General Tom Draude. Callsign Sage, Tom commissioned in June 1962 after graduation from the Naval Academy and served in the Marine Corps for 30 1/2 years. He served three combat tours in Vietnam as an infantry officer and was the Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Marine Division during operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Sage is the recipient of two Silver Stars, the Purple Heart Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal with Palm.

Key Points of Discussion

  • Tom’s growing up
  • Going back to Kankakee to give a talk
  • The three major failures in Tom’s life
  • Learning from failure

Key Milestones of this Episode

[01:00] Tom’s childhood

[01:59] Talking in Kankakee 

[03:38] Facts about failure

[04:11] Tom’s first failure

[07:14] Tom’s second failure

[19:45] Tom’s third failure

[21:59] Wrapping up

Key Quotes by Tom Draude

  1. “For a relationship to work, it helps to have one individual who is mission oriented and the other individual who is troop oriented.”
  2. “There’s a culture that exists and the culture is not written down anywhere.”
  3. “You know you have those moments in life where you’ve got to make a decision that you’re going to live with for the rest of your life.”
  4. “Failure is just a part of life, but only if you continue to try.”
  5. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

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About Our Guest Tom Draude

Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude is a retired Marine Corps officer. Since retirement, Draude served with USAA and the Marine Corps University Foundation. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of St. Leo University in Florida, teaching on The Vietnam War, The Middle East and Modern Wars, and The Gulf Wars. He is also an adjunct faculty member at University of South Florida, teaching Why We Fight and How We Fight U.S. Wars.

To hear more about Tom’s journey, download this episode now.

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