A US Army veteran, Tom received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a master’s degree from Texas Tech University. Tom started his museum career at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. He began working at The National D-Day Museum in October 2000, shortly after it opened, and held a number of positions, supervising the growth of the collections as the Museum transformed into The National WWII Museum until his retirement as the Museum’s Senior Curator and Restorations Manager in 2022.
Senior Curator and Restoration Manager
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