Wade H. Haislip

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Wade H. Haislip
Wade Haislip.jpg
Nickname(s)"Ham"
Born(1889-07-09)July 9, 1889
Woodstock, Virginia, United States
DiedDecember 23, 1971(1971-12-23) (aged 82)
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., United States
Buried
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Service/branchFlag of the United States Army.svg  United States Army
Years of service1912–1951
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Service number O-3374
Unit USA - Army Infantry Insignia.png Infantry Branch
Commands held 85th Infantry Division
XV Corps
Seventh Army
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Battles/wars Pancho Villa Expedition
World War I
World War II
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star (2)
Other workGovernor, Soldiers Home

General Wade Hampton Haislip (July 9, 1889 – December 23, 1971) was a senior United States Army officer who served in both World War I and World War II, where he led the XV Corps in the campaign in Western Europe from 1944 to 1945. He later became a four-star general, serving as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army (VCSA) from 1949 to 1951.

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Military career

At West Point in 1912 Wade Hampton Haislip (1889-1971) at West Point in 1912.png
At West Point in 1912

Haislip was born in Woodstock, Virginia, on July 9, 1889, and moved at age two to Staunton, Virginia. [1] He was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry upon graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1912. Among his fellow graduates included several future general officers like Walton Walker, John Shirley Wood, Gilbert R. Cook, Harry J. Malony, William H. Wilbur, Walter M. Robertson, Franklin C. Sibert and Raymond O. Barton.

Haislip served in Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1914 after the Tampico Affair. From 1917 to 1921, he served with the American Expeditionary Forces, first in World War I, then in the occupation of Germany. During his time overseas his assignments included being on the General Staff of V Corps; Division Machine Gun Officer for the 3rd Division, and General Staff, U.S. Forces in Germany. During World War I he participated in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel and the Meuse–Argonne Offensive.

Lieutenant General George S. Patton delivering an address, quite possibly his famous speech, to men of the 2nd Infantry Division, at Armagh, Northern Ireland, April 1, 1944. In the front are Patton, Major General Walter M. Robertson, and Major General Wade H. Haislip. In the back far left is Brigadier General Hobart R. Gay. Patton speech 1 April 1944 front view.png
Lieutenant General George S. Patton delivering an address, quite possibly his famous speech, to men of the 2nd Infantry Division, at Armagh, Northern Ireland, April 1, 1944. In the front are Patton, Major General Walter M. Robertson, and Major General Wade H. Haislip. In the back far left is Brigadier General Hobart R. Gay.

He returned to West Point as an instructor from 1921 to 1923. He next attended a series of schools, beginning with the U.S. Army Infantry School from 1923 to 1924, then the Command and General Staff School from 1924 to 1925, and finally going back overseas to attend the French École supérieure de guerre from 1925 to 1927. He returned to the United States as assistant executive in the office of Assistant Secretary of War from 1928 to 1931, followed by the Army War College from 1931 to 1932, and an assignment as an instructor at the Command and General Staff School from 1932 to 1936.

Prior to World War II he held a series of staff assignments, including time in the Budget and Legislative Planning Branch of the War Department General Staff from 1938 to 1941, and Assistant Chief-of-Staff for personnel.

In World War II he served very briefly as assistant division commander (ADC) of the 4th Infantry Division. He organized the 85th Infantry Division and served as commander from April 1942 to February 1943 until he was succeeded by Brigadier General John B. Coulter, his ADC. He next took command of XV Corps and served with it through Normandy, France, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns. He became commander of Seventh United States Army, and was in that billet when World War II ended in August 1945.

Lieutenant General Wade H. Haislip congratulates Technical Sergeant Charles H. Coolidge after presenting him with the Medal of Honor, Germany, June 18, 1945. Coolidge313645.tif
Lieutenant General Wade H. Haislip congratulates Technical Sergeant Charles H. Coolidge after presenting him with the Medal of Honor, Germany, June 18, 1945.

Following the war he was on the Secretary of War's Personnel Board from September 1945 to April 1946, and a senior member of the Chief-of-Staff's Advisory Group from 1946 to 1948. Prior to his selection in 1949 as Vice Chief of Staff he was Deputy Chief-of-Staff for administration, 1948–49. He retired in 1951.

Haislip is responsible for introducing Dwight D. Eisenhower to Mamie Doud. Eisenhower was a second lieutenant and Haislip a first lieutenant at Fort Sam Houston at the time. At Eisenhower's funeral, he served as a pall-bearer. [2]

Major assignments

Post military career

After retiring from active duty in 1951, Haislip went on to become Governor of the Soldier's Home in Washington, D.C., a position he filled from 1951 to 1966.

Haislip died on December 23, 1971, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after suffering a stroke, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. [3] His wife, the former Alice Jennings Shepherd (1897–1987), whom he had married on July 14, 1932, was later buried beside him.

Dates of rank

InsigniaRankComponentDate
No insignia Cadet United States Military Academy March 2, 1908
No insignia in 1912 Second lieutenant Regular ArmyJune 12, 1912
US-O2 insignia.svg
  First lieutenant Regular ArmyJuly 1, 1916
US-O3 insignia.svg
  Captain Regular ArmyMay 15, 1917
US-O4 insignia.svg
  Major National Army June 7, 1918
US-O5 insignia.svg
  Lieutenant colonel National ArmyMay 6, 1919
US-O3 insignia.svg
  Captain Regular ArmyMarch 10, 1920
US-O4 insignia.svg
  Major Regular ArmyJuly 1, 1920
US-O5 insignia.svg
  Lieutenant colonel Regular ArmyAugust 1, 1935
US-O6 insignia.svg
  Colonel Army of the United States November 16, 1940
US-O7 insignia.svg
  Brigadier general Army of the United StatesJanuary 29, 1941
US-O6 insignia.svg
  Colonel Regular ArmyFebruary 1, 1942
US-O8 insignia.svg
  Major general Army of the United StatesMarch 9, 1942
US-O7 insignia.svg
  Brigadier general Regular ArmyJune 3, 1944
US-O9 insignia.svg
  Lieutenant general Army of the United StatesApril 15, 1945
US-O8 insignia.svg
  Major general Regular ArmyJuly 1, 1947
US-O10 insignia.svg
  General Army of the United StatesOctober 1, 1949
US-O10 insignia.svg
  General Retired ListJuly 31, 1951

Source: [4]

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References

  1. General Wade Hampton Haislip
  2. Dwight D. Eisenhower Funeral Services
  3. Burial Detail: Haislip, Wade H – ANC Explorer
  4. Official Army and Air Force Register, Volume I. Washington, DC: United States Army. 1948. p.  728 . Retrieved April 3, 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
New post
Commanding General 85th Infantry Division
1942–1943
Succeeded by
Preceded by
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Commanding General XV Corps
1943–1945
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commanding General Seventh Army
June–August 1945
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Preceded by Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
1949–1951
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