Paul W. Baade Papers

Dates: 1907-1960

Major General, U.S. Army, and Commanding Officer, 35th Division, 1943-1946

The papers of Paul W. Baade consist of correspondence, maps, newspaper clippings, photos, publications, and certificates relating to General Baade's military career, and especially his experiences as the commander of the 35th Infantry Division during World War II.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 5 linear inches (about 800 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: No donation of copyright was received with their collection. Documents created by U.S. government employees in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Dennis E. Bilger (1978).
Updated by: Alexander Mosakowski (2012) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1889 (April 16)

 

Born Paul William Baade, Fort Wayne, Indiana

1911

 

Graduated from United States Military Academy at West Point and commissioned as Second Lieutenant

1916-17

 

Promoted to First Lieutenant and Captain while stationed in the Philippines

1918

 

Participated in Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I and achieved wartime rank of Lieutenant Colonel (reverting to rank of Captain after the war)

1920

 

Promoted to Major

1924

 

Honor Graduate, Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

1935

 

Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

1940

 

Promoted to Colonel

1941

 

Promoted to Brigadier General

1943-1946

 

Major General and Commanding Officer of the 35th Infantry Division, with service in the European Theater during World War II

1946

 

Retired from U.S. Army as Major General

1959 (October 9)

 

Died, Santa Barbara, California

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Paul W. Baade Papers include correspondence, maps, certificates, newspaper and magazine clippings, photos, and publications. The collection is arranged alphabetically in a single series.

Major General Baade's distinguished military career is reflected in the decorations he received for his service during World War II, such as the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, and Distinguished Service Medal. Included in the collection are certificates for these awards, and for other promotions and honors he received during his career.

The correspondence consists primarily of letters congratulating Baade on his promotion to Brigadier General in 1941 and messages relating to the activities of the 35th Division during World War II.

Also in the collection are maps for military use in Europe, Army newsletters, a tribute to the 35th Division that Senator Harry S. Truman placed in the Congressional Record, publications regarding the history of the 35th Division, and a West Point alumni periodical featuring Baade's obituary. The contents of a large scrapbook of photographs, press clippings, and military correspondence pertaining to Baade's World War II service are also included.

More information about the 35th Division can be found at the Truman Library in the Records of the 35th Division Association and in the Papers of Ralph E. Truman, a cousin of Harry S. Truman.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1

  SUBJECT FILE, 1907-1960
Correspondence, maps, newspaper clippings, photos, certificates, and other items. Arranged alphabetically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

SUBJECT FILE, 1907-1960

Box 1

  • Correspondence [1 of 2]
  • Correspondence [2 of 2]
  • Maps
  • Memorabilia
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Personal
  • Photos
  • Printed Materials
  • Scrapbook
  • 35th Division
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