A. M. Stroud Jr.
1927 - 2016
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Major General (Ret.) A.M.

"Buddy" Stroud, Jr.

Major General (Ret.) A.M. ("Buddy") Stroud, Jr. died during the early morning hours of July 1, 2016, at the age of 89, due to complications from a medical procedure. He was part of the "Greatest Generation."

Visitation is scheduled at Osborn Funeral Home, 3631 Southern Avenue, on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, from 5-7 PM. The funeral service will begin at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 500 Common St., on July 7, 2016, with Dr. Donald A. Webb officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Ave., Shreveport, La.

Throughout his life, General Stroud had a supporting and loving family. He was predeceased by his father, A.M. Stroud, Sr.; his mother, Grace Killingsworth Stroud; his sister, Killie Marie Brandes; the mother of his children, Barbara White Stroud; and by Richard Price, the late husband of his step daughter, Margaret Pearce Price.

He is survived by his loving wife of the last 21 years, Jane, who was at his bedside every day during his last illness; his four sons, Ansel Martin Stroud III and wife Joan, Daniel Garber Stroud and wife Helen, William Lee Stroud and wife Lee Ann, and Michael Allyn Stroud and wife Lea. He is also survived by his step children, Betty Pearce, Mary-Clyde Greene and husband Wiley, Margaret Pearce Price, Louise Pearce, Preston Pearce and wife Karen, as well as seven grandchildren and other family members including two nieces and a nephew.

General Stroud had a long and distinguished military career of 53 and 1/2 years, commencing in April, 1944 and ending with his retirement November 8, 1997. During his career, he received many awards, commendations, and honors recognizing his distinguished service. The numerous medals he received are too long to list, and such a list would undoubtedly detract from the true issue here. The dignity and character of this man are not adequately personified by the medals on his chest, but by the integrity of his character. His patriotism knew no limits, and he was fully committed to the defense of the Constitution of the United States and to the defense of our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

General Stroud was the second longest serving Adjutant General in the National Guard in the history of Louisiana. He was appointed to the position in 1980 by Governor David Treen and served under three other governors, Edwin W. Edwards, Buddy Roemer and Michael Foster. Additionally, General Stroud was

appointed director of the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness in 1989. During his tenure he was president of the National Guard Association of the United States and president of the Adjutants General Association of the United States. Prior to his becoming Adjutant General, General Stroud also served as president of the National Guard Association of Louisiana in 1962.

Under his leadership as Adjutant General, the Louisiana National Guard achieved recognition as one of the most outstanding Guard units in the country. 6,400 Army guardsmen from Louisiana were mobilized during Desert Storm and served with distinction in the effort to repel invading Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

Additional units under General Stroud's command trained and participated in joint military exercises with native units in the European, Asian and Central and South American regions. The Guard acquitted itself very well during these operations and received high praise from military observers for their performances. General Stroud's motto was "a commitment to excellence" and it was reflected in the training and operations of the Louisiana National Guard. '

General Stroud was instrumental in the development of the Youth Challenge Program, which has resulted in the rehabilitation of many troubled youths, giving them a sense of purposeful direction and a set of life skills necessary for productive and fulfilling lives. One of his enduring legacies will be the military museum at Jackson Barracks, which is named in his honor. He spent many hours planning its development to assure that it was a quality tribute to the men and women of the Louisiana Guard. This project was an example of his tireless commitment to enhance and expand the reputation of the Louisiana National Guard as a department of state government that served the people of this state. It was efforts such as these that led to his induction into the Louisiana National Guard Hall of Fame. He was also one of the first inductees into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.

General Stroud was born on April 5, 1927, and raised in Dixie, Louisiana. He graduated from Belcher High School. He attended Baylor University and Texas A&M University. He received a B.S. Degree from the University of the State of New York. His military education includes the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and the Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Army in April of 1944, and was subsequently commissioned a Second Lt. following completion of the Officer Candidacy School in September 1946. After serving active duty, he joined the Louisiana National Guard in June, 1947.

While a citizen-soldier, General Stroud was a farmer, a businessman, and the initial executive director of the Red River Economic Development Corporation, where he was responsible for obtaining many federal grants for several agencies in Northwest Louisiana. His private career ended in 1972 when Governor Edwin Edwards appointed him the Assistant Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard, where he remained until becoming the Louisiana Adjutant General in 1980.

General Stroud was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Ida Lodge No. 324, the Scottish Rite in Shreveport and EI Karubah Shriners. He, his wife Jane and step-daughter Louise were devoted members of the Ellerbe Road Methodist Church.

Honorary pallbearers are Brig. General (Ret.) Ralph H. Brown, Brig. General (Ret.) Charles R. Lindsay, Brig. General (Ret.) W. Arthur Abercrombie, Brig. General (Ret.) Edmund J. Giering, Brig. General (Ret.) Samuel deGeneres, Colonel (Ret.) Roy Nomey, Colonel (Ret.) Donald E. Wilson, Colonel (Ret.) Paul D. Alford, Colonel (Ret.) Lewis B. May, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Jesse J. St. Amant, Jr., Edward L. ("Ned") Diefenthal, and Robert J. Shreve.

The family wishes to express its appreciation to the caring doctors and staff at Cornerstone Hospital in Bossier City. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Rick Michael for his concern and support throughout this most difficult time. He was a true godsend of comfort for the family.

Memorials may be made to any preferred charities, including the Ellerbe Road United Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts of America.

"I am, and hope to be, a God-fearing man that did his best, and have asked for God's mercy and forgiveness." - Buddy Stroud, August 9, 2010.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Jul. 3 to Jul. 6, 2016.
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July 17, 2016
This was a great man. I met him at Jackson Barracks of New Orleans in 1975. He made a difference in my life and helped me to get a fresh start in life. I will always have love and respect for this man. My prayers are with you Mrs. Jane and to all of the family. I would love to hear from you all Allen, Dan Marty, and Bill. God bless and comfort you all. I will deeply miss my friend.

Lionel Smith
Lionel Smith
July 12, 2016
I am so sorry for your family's loss. I met him when I was a teenager in the 80's. We lived in the home he grew up in, in Dixie. He was always such a kind person. God Bless you all.
Hollie Hawkins-Rougeau
July 7, 2016
This Commander and Chief of the most imporant defense of our country and a real BUDDY will be missed, as he had become my friend at Ellerbe Road United Methodist, and had known him through the years for his find leadership. So many have stood up for our Country and fought for our Liberties. We come so many walks of life, but are so blessed to have the company of so many dear loving friends. I am truly fortunate to have met and know him personally. He also sang the wonderful small choir at Ellerbe, and was A Great American Citizen, Friend and Defender of our Liberties, which touch all of us, what ever culture, faith, or nationality, etc. We are children of God. It is is so interesting that as we walk through life, how important it is to just be a friend, to support each other, and think positive, expect the best, and transform our power for peace. Serving on the Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church Conference, Family Life Chair, I feel so United through all the Methodist Churches. Being part of a smaller church which I love and need, but realizing the impact of what we as Christians can do to Unite for those all over the world, but stand our ground for our liberties, and freedoms with our God, It is wonderful to get up start a new day, know there have been, and are people in our lives like this Wonderful Major General. Beth, Mark Andrew, Charles and Shannon Foster, Karen and Martin Anthony and Family.
Beth Foster
July 6, 2016
Ben Belk
Ben Belk
July 6, 2016

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27
Susan Muller-Malone
July 5, 2016
It was a honor and privilege to have served under your command, condolence to all the family.
Cortez Bridges
July 5, 2016
Rest in Peace a true and faithful warrior. You leave an amazing legacy. Our prayers and sincere condolences to your family
Brian P. Jakes, Sr.
Brian Jakes
July 5, 2016
Allyn and Lea, I'm so sorry for your loss, may our Heavenly father surround you with love and prayers.
Pat Gallion
July 5, 2016
Praying that you will find comfort in the legacy left by your great father. Praying you will be overwhelmed with joy by the many memories! Praying you will "imitate" him, as you are so good at doing! ;-) From your coworker and friend.
Lorna Rawls
July 5, 2016
A strong, wise, sweet gentleman. I feel blessed to have known him. Louise, you and your family are in my prayers. His passing will leave a sad space in many lives. Thank you, Buddy, for all you did for our country.
Debra White
July 5, 2016
Marty, I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. To have known General Stroud was an honor. He was a kind man.
David Strother
July 5, 2016
Allyn, Lea and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
TIna Andrews
July 4, 2016
To: " THE GENERAL" I enjoyed the conversations I had with you and meeting your family. I will miss you. Our prayers are with the Stroud Family. May GOD be with you. " SALUTE" The HAYNES family.
Elroy Haynes
July 4, 2016
Brother Stroud will be missed by the brothers of Ida Masonic Lodge #324. One day we will see you again in that "house not made with hands."
Ida Masonic Lodge
July 3, 2016
The Final Salute

Brothers in Arms, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged Hand Salutes as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This Hand Salute is the last that we shall render to Maj.Gen A. M. (Buddy) Stroud, Jr. our Brother-in-Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Gen. Stroud. And to Gen. Stroud it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during WW-II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars while serving in the active U.S. Army and the Louisiana Army National Guard. Gen. Stroud, we commend you for your honorable service to our nation and our state. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 961 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Gen. Stroud's family and loved ones.

Edward L. Lamb, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James E. Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
July 3, 2016
General Stroud was a great man and exemplified the meaning of caring, commitment and devotion to his family and country. Our condolences to the entire family. Mike and Aggie Simpson
Mike Simpson
July 3, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss, Allyn. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Shari Moncla
July 3, 2016
A great patriot, a special mentor, and a dear friend. We will miss him
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