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Department Commander

Thomas T. Graham, PCC

Thomas Talbott Graham was born 16 March 1941 in San Luis Obispo (at least that is what his parents told him as they moved to Southern California when he was 6 months old.) Moving from San Luis Obispo to Pasadena, then Altadena, then finally La Cañada, California, where he attended public grammer schools, the local Junior High School, and John Muir High School in Pasadena, graduating in 1959. He then attended San José State College where he not only graduated with a BS in Accounting and Finance, but found his future wife, Beverly L. Swartz. After completing his active duty with the US Army and returning to a Reserve Unit he completed his Master's Degree in Business Administration (Accounting). He worked for Shell Oil Company for eight years as a computer programmer then went to work for Hewlett-Packard Company in the same job. He retired after 30 years with HP.

His interest in the Civil War started with a term paper he wrote in high school on the Battle of Chancellorsville (a term paper he still has). He has collected books and maps on that battle. After graduating from high school his family took a trip across the United States, and when visiting the Gettysburg Battlefield his father pointed to a name on the Pennsylvania Monument and said that that was Tom's great-grandfather Albert Scott Haynes. Haynes served in Companies I and D of the 57th Pennsylvania Infantry and was mustered out as a Sergeant in 1865 at the end of the war. Subsequent research has revealed another direct ancestor and five great-granduncles. Upon his retirement Tom sought out the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and joined the Phil Sheridan Camp No. 4 of San José, California. He has held the camp offices of Guide, Camp Council, Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander, and two terms as Camp Commander. He is currently the Camp Treasurer.

Tom is currently serving his first term as Department Commander. He is also Adjutant of Company C, 8th California Volunteer Infantry.

Tom lives in San José, California with his wife Beverly who is currently serving as Auxiliary Department President and has served two terms as Auxiliary President and two terms as Department Chaplain. They have two children: Sheri and Mike. Besides his life membership in the SUVCW, Tom is a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), the American Legion, the Camp Curtin Descendents Brigade, the National Genealogical Society, the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society, and is a life member of the American Philatelic Society. He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and is a member of the San José Emergency Communications Group.

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