PAST COMMANDERS-IN-CHIEF

 Heavenly Father, as we remember and honor the memory of our departed comrade, we are indeed grateful for his/her service and sacrifice. May we continue his/her efforts as courageous protectors and true guardians of freedom. Let us be masters of brotherly and sisterly love. O Lord, guide us in the way of moral responsibility and enlighten us and make us true believers in justice and peace. Enkindle within us a flame of selfless, unwavering devotion to duty that we may never be found wanting in those qualities of spirit and mind which alone are able to preserve our homes, the peace of our Nation, and the tranquility of the world. Remember our departed comrade, O Lord, in Your mercy, and have compassion on us. Amen 

 

 

a native and resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States during the 86th Annual Convention (1985) in Dallas, Texas. 
    

For over two years, he was a pre-seminary student at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, but gave up his deferment and subsequently was drafted into the Marine Corps. 
     

Staum served with the U.S. Marine Corps detachments aboard the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Bremerton and the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Princeton operating in Korean waters from April, 1952 to September, 1953. 
    

In 1957, he joined VFW Post 9625 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and rose through various elective positions to become a two term Post Commander from 1961 to 1963.  He was elected a District Commander in 1966-67 and commanded the Department of Minnesota in 1970-71 when he earned All American honors.  For the next twelve years, Staum served variously on the National Voice of Democracy, Safety, National Security, and Community Activities Committees.  In 1972 and 1977, he was chairman of the VFW National

 

Convention Corporation. 
     

Staum is former president of the Glenmar Company, a sub-contracting and building supply firm in Minneapolis.  He is also a member of the American Legion and Marine Corps League. 
    

Married to the former Bernadette T. Clarkin of Montgomery, Minnesota, the Staums have two children, Mark, a Marine Corp veterans and Nancy, both married.


 

a native and resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States during the 86th Annual Convention (1985) in Dallas, Texas. 
    

For over two years, he was a pre-seminary student at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, but gave up his deferment and subsequently was drafted into the Marine Corps. 
     

Staum served with the U.S. Marine Corps detachments aboard the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Bremerton and the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Princeton operating in Korean waters from April, 1952 to September, 1953. 
    

In 1957, he joined VFW Post 9625 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and rose through various elective positions to become a two term Post Commander from 1961 to 1963.  He was elected a District Commander in 1966-67 and commanded the Department of Minnesota in 1970-71 when he earned All American honors.  For the next twelve years, Staum served variously on the National Voice of Democracy, Safety, National Security, and Community Activities Committees.  In 1972 and 1977, he was chairman of the VFW National

 

Convention Corporation. 
     

Staum is former president of the Glenmar Company, a sub-contracting and building supply firm in Minneapolis.  He is also a member of the American Legion and Marine Corps League. 
    

Married to the former Bernadette T. Clarkin of Montgomery, Minnesota, the Staums have two children, Mark, a Marine Corp veterans and Nancy, both married.