Joseph Andrew Bruder, 86, a retired Marine Corps colonel whose 30-year career included service during World War II and the Korean War, died Aug. 31 of complications of a stroke at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.
During World War II, Col. Bruder served aboard the battleship North Carolina as commander of a Marine detachment. In August 1945, he left the ship to join the staff of the commander of the Yokosuka naval base in Tokyo Bay and carried the surrender papers for the Japanese to sign.
He was born in Jersey City and attended St. Peter's College there in 1939. He enlisted in the Marines in 1941 and attended the 8th Reserve Officer Class. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in April 1942 and was offered a regular commission shortly thereafter. He participated in 11 of the 13 Pacific campaigns.
During the Korean War, he served in combat as executive officer of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines.
In addition to his combat experience, Col. Bruder had tours in Jamaica, France, Japan and Lebanon.
In France and Lebanon, he served in a military and diplomatic capacity. At Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, based in Marly-le-Roi, France, he was in the logistics branch working with representatives of NATO nations from 1954 to 1957.
In France and Lebanon, he enjoyed the conduct of daily business in French. At Allied headquarters, he was commended for his work compiling a French-English dictionary of military terms, and in Beirut, his fluency enhanced his contacts with the Lebanese army.
In 1967, he joined the U.S. Embassy in Beirut as defense attache.
He retired from active duty in 1970.
He was an Alexandria resident since 1965.
He received a bachelor of science degree in political science in 1965 from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
As a civilian, he joined North Atlantic Oil Ltd. in 1973 and opened offices in Beirut to cover the Middle East markets.
When civil war in Lebanon led to an American evacuation, he returned to Alexandria. He left North Atlantic Oil in 1976 and, shortly thereafter, became headmaster of Charlotte Hall Academy in St. Mary's County.
Next he took an executive position with Woodward & Lothrop. Describing himself as "Woodies' banker," he ran the cash and credit offices in the 15 branch stores.
Final retirement in 1981 gave him the leisure to study Spanish, Italian, French and German at Northern Virginia Community College for the next eight years.
A skier, Col. Bruder won the Little Cup for officers' open jumping in 1958. While with the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in 1959, he was assigned a battalion of Marines to prepare the ski slopes for the downhill events at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, Calif. A memorable Life magazine photograph by George Silk showed Col. Bruder leading his men down the mountain in a V formation, packing the snow.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Tina Bruder of Alexandria; five children, Anne Bruder of Annapolis, Charlotte Bruder of Charlottesville, Col. Joseph A. Bruder IV, a Marine stationed with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Fallujah, Iraq, and Catherine Bruder Ross and Caroline Bruder, both of Alexandria; three sisters; and a brother.