Paul D. Adams

Paul DeWitt Adams (October 6, 1906 – October 31, 1987) was a general in the United States Army.[1]

Paul D. Adams
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General Paul DeWitt Adams
Born(1906-10-06)October 6, 1906
Heflin, Alabama
DiedOctober 31, 1987(1987-10-31) (aged 81)
Tampa, Florida
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1928–1966
RankGeneral
Commands heldUnited States Strike Command
Third United States Army
101st Airborne Division
25th Infantry Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal (4)

Early lifeEdit

Adams was born in Heflin, Alabama. After graduating from Marion Military Institute in 1924,[2] he entered the United States Military Academy and graduated in 1928, receiving his commission in the infantry.[1]

Military careerEdit

Adams served with as executive officer of the 1st Special Service Force from 1942 to 1944, including during their assault on Kiska in 1943. Following that assignment, he became commanding officer of the 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, serving in the Mediterranean Theater (Operation Dragoon) and European Theater from January 1944 to January 1945. He served as assistant division commander, 45th Infantry Division from January 1945 to January 1946.[1] This was followed by staff assignments to Headquarters, Army Ground Forces in 1946 and Command and General Staff College from 1947 to 1950. He was a student and then faculty member at the Army War College from 1950 to 1951, before being deployed to fight in the Korean War. He consecutively served as commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, Chief of Staff of X Corps, and Chief of Staff Eighth United States Army during the Korean War. After the war, he was commanding general, 101st Airborne Division, from June to December 1953. He later served as commanding general, U.S. Army Forces in the Middle East in 1958. From 1959 to 1960, he commanded V Corps.[1]

Adams concurrently served as commanding general, Third United States Army, and commanding general, Fort McPherson, Georgia, from 1960 to 1961. After receiving his fourth star in 1961, he became Commander-in-Chief, United States Strike Command, from 1961 to 1966.

Adams retired in 1966. He was president of Paul D. Adams & Associates from 1966 to 1971. He died on October 31, 1987 in Tampa, Florida.

Honors and awardsEdit

Army Distinguished Service MedalEdit

CitationEdit

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Paul DeWitt Adams (ASN: 0-7306), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division, Chief of Staff of X Corps, and Chief of Staff Eighth United States Army, from 9 February 1952 to 4 April 1953.[3]

CitationEdit

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Paul DeWitt Adams (ASN: 0-7306), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility from 26 July 1958 to 25 October 1958.[3]

CitationEdit

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General Paul DeWitt Adams (ASN: 0-7306), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commander in Chief, United States Strike Command, during the period from October 1961 to October 1966.[3]

Silver StarEdit

CitationEdit

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Paul DeWitt Adams (ASN: 0-7306), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division, Chief of Staff of X Corps, and Chief of Staff Eighth United States Army, from 9 February 1952 to 4 April 1953.[3]

NotesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document: "[1]".

  • R. Manning Ancell, Biographical Dictionary of World War II Generals and Flag Officers, p.2 (1996)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Ancell, R. Manning; Miller, Christine M. (1996). The Biographical Dictionary of World War II Generals and Flag Officers. Westport, CT: Greenwood. p. 2. ISBN 0313295468.
  2. ^ Marion Military Institute flag officer alumni Archived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d "Army Distinguished Service Medal". Valor Military Times. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. H. Trapnell
Commanding General of the Third United States Army
1960–1961
Succeeded by
Thomas J. H. Trapnell