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Paul DeWitt Adams
General Paul DeWitt Adams
Born (1906-10-06)October 6, 1906
Died October 31, 1987(1987-10-31) (aged 81)
Place of birth Heflin, Alabama
Place of death Tampa, Florida
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Years of service 1928-1966
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held United States Strike Command
Third Army
101st Airborne Division
25th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star (4)
Combat Infantryman Badge

General Paul DeWitt Adams (October 6, 1906 – October 31, 1987) was a General in the United States Army. Adams was born in Heflin, Alabama. After graduating from Marion Military Institute in 1924,[1] he entered the United States Military Academy and graduated in 1928, receiving his commission in the Infantry.

He 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 and European Theater from January 1944 to January 1945. He served as Assistant Division Commander, 45th Infantry Division from January 1945 to January 1946. 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.

He 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.

General 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.[2]



 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 (1996)
Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. H. Trapnell
Commanding General of the Third United States Army
Succeeded by
Thomas J. H. Trapnell

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