Geoffrey Prescott Baldwin
Brigadier General, United States Army
Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs: May 2007
Geoffrey Prescott Baldwin (1892-1951). Born in Madison Barracks, New York on May 10, 1892.
Commissioned in the Infantry from West Point in 1916. Battalion Commander in 60th Infantry in the St, Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives in World War I.
Graduated from Command and General Staff School in 1926 and the Army War College in 1928. Professor of military science and tactics at West Virginia University 1932-1936. Member of the Infantry Board at Fort Benning 1936-1940.
Duty with supply division of the War Department
General Staff May 1941-April 1942. Assistant Division Commander of 79th
Division 1942-1943. Retired in 1943. Recalled to Active duty with the War
Department Board 1943-1946. Decorations included the Distinguished
Service Cross, Silver Star and Commendation Ribbon. Died on August
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Geoffrey P. Baldwin, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois-des- Rappes, France, October 15, 1918.
Major Baldwin personally led his small detachment through woods that were infested with machine-gun nests and attained his objective on the northern edge of the Bois-des-Rappes and held same regardless of the danger due to his position in advance of the line and being enveloped by the enemy on both flanks. In utter disregard of his own life, he personally charged a machine-gun nest and killed the gunner.
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006
BALDWIN, GEOFFREY PRESCOTT