Wade H. Haislip

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.

Wade H. Haislip
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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
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1912–1951
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Service numberO-3374
UnitUSA - Army Infantry Insignia.png Infantry Branch
Commands held85th Infantry Division
XV Corps
Seventh Army
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Battles/warsPancho Villa Expedition
World War I
World War II
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star (2)
Other workGovernor, Soldiers Home

Military careerEdit

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.

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.

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 assignmentsEdit

  • Assistant Chief-of-Staff for personnel – 9 February 1941 to 19 January 1942
  • Assistant Division Commander, 4th Motorized Division – 20 January 1942 to 9 March 1942
  • Commander, 85th Infantry Division – 9 March 1942 to 22 February 1943
  • Commander, XV Corps – 23 February 1943 to 1 June 1945
  • Commander, Seventh United States Army – 2 June 1945 to 23 July 1946
  • President, Secretary of War's Personnel Board – 23 August 1945 to 30 April 1946
  • Senior member of the Chief-of-Staff's Advisory Group – 15 May 1946 to 1 June 1948
  • Special Assistant to the Chief-of-Staff, U.S. Army – 1 June 1948 to 15 November 1948
  • Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Administration – 15 November 1948 to 23 August 1949.
  • Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army – 23 August 1949 to 31 July 1951

Post military careerEdit

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 rankEdit

Insignia Rank Component Date
No insignia Cadet United States Military Academy 2 March 1908
No insignia in 1912 Second lieutenant Regular Army 12 June 1912
 First lieutenant Regular Army 1 July 1916
 Captain Regular Army 15 May 1917
 Major National Army 7 June 1918
 Lieutenant colonel National Army 6 May 1919
 Captain Regular Army 10 March 1920
 Major Regular Army 1 July 1920
 Lieutenant colonel Regular Army 1 August 1935
 Colonel Army of the United States 16 November 1940
 Brigadier general Army of the United States 29 January 1941
 Colonel Regular Army 1 February 1942
 Major general Army of the United States 9 March 1942
 Brigadier general Regular Army 3 June 1944
 Lieutenant general Army of the United States 15 April 1945
 Major general Regular Army 1 July 1947
 General Army of the United States 1 October 1949
 General Retired List 31 July 1951



  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 3 April 2018.

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Commanding General 85th Infantry Division
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Commanding General XV Corps
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Preceded by Commanding General Seventh Army
June–August 1945
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