Lt. Leon Toups, Jr. was born in New Orleans and was commissioned into the Army for the Vietnam War. His career started with Advanced ROTC training in Baton Rouge, and 6 weeks of basic training at Fort Sill, OK, between his junior and senior years at LSU. He worked in Intelligence and was with the 18th ARVN Division and served in Vietnam, teaching at the Army Intel School and taught English to Vietnamese soldiers. He received a Vietnam Service Medal, a US Air Medal, and a Meritorious Service Award. He is currently a resident of Mandeville.