Wade Hampton Haislip – General, United States Army

In World War II, he organized the 85th Infantry Division and led it in 1942-43. Advanced to command of XV Corps and served with it through Normandy, France, Rhineland campaigns.

As a First Lieutenant at Ft Sam Houston, Texas, he introduced Second Lieutenant Dwight Eisenhower to a young lady named Mamie Doud, later to become Mrs. Eisenhower.

Wade Hampton Haislip was born at Woodstock, Virginia, July 9, 1889 and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1912. He was also a student at the Infantry School, 1923-24; Command & General Staff School, 1924-25; Ecole Superieure de Guerre, 1925-27; Army War College, 1931-32. He married Alice Jennings Shepherd, July 14, 1932.

General Haislip was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, June 12, 1912 and then promoted through the grades to General, 1949. He served in Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914; with the American Expeditionary Forces, and US Forces in Germany, 1917-21; successively with the General Staff, 5th Corps, Division Machine Gun Officer, 3rd Division, General Staff, US Forces in Germany; participated in defensive operations in Vosges, St Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne operations; instructor, West Point, 1921-23; Assistant executive, Office of Assistant Secretary of War, 1928-31; instructor, Command and General Staff School, 1932-36; with the 29th Infantry, 1936-38; in Budget and Legislative Planning Branch, War Department General Staff, 1938-41; Assistant Chief-of-Staff for personnel, 1941; commanded 85th Infantry Division Apr 1942-Feb 20, 1943; Commanding General XV Corps throughout campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe; commanded 7th Army, June-August 1945; President, Secretary of War's Personnel Board, September 1945-April 1946; senior member of Chief-of-Staff's Advisory Group, 1946-48; Deputy Chief-of-Staff for administration, 1948-49; vice Chief-of-Staff, 1949-51.

Retired from active duty in 1951 and became Governor of the Soldiers Home in Washington, D.C., 1951-66.

Died: December 23, 1971, and was buried in Section 7, Grave 8200, Arlington National Cemetery.




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