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Carl H. R. “Bud” Paepcke ’65

Bud serving near the demilitarized zone in Vietnam in 1966.

 

Last military rank:

Captain

Military branch:

United States Marine Corps (active duty from 1965-1968), with one tour in Vietnam. I served as a legal officer and as a combat engineer officer.

Accolades:

I retired as an FBI Special Agent in 2000 with more 32 years service, during which time I was commended by Director J. Edgar Hoover for my investigative work. I have served (and am still serving) as a scoutmaster for more than 30 years (in both Delaware and Georgia), and I have received the Heroism Award, the God & Service Award, the Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

What aspects of your education at Montevallo prepared you for your service in the military?

Montevallo’s history, political science and speech courses (I had a major and two minors in these areas) began teaching me to both write well and speak well. My writing and speaking ability (which both improved over the years) helped to make me both a successful marine and a successful G-Man.

Words of wisdom:

Pursue you dreams!  I did so, and my dreams came true.

Who would you like to thank for your success?

I thank my God & my parents first. At UM, I would like to thank Dr. Lucille Griffith, who supported me both on and off campus. Also, Alabama College choir director Bruce Tolbert saw me as a leader and helped me develop my leadership while singing with his choir.

What was your favorite aspect of Montevallo?

The small size of the student body and the warm, friendly campus atmosphere. Montevallo was a great place to attend college.

Bud with one of his daughters, now a Marine lieutenant colonel, and his son-in-law, a Marine colonel.
Bud with one of his daughters, now a Marine lieutenant colonel, and his son-in-law, a Marine colonel.