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Coleman E. Baird Papers

Identifier: MS-1975

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of four folders. The first folder houses war ephemera, including victory letters, from 1945. The second folder houses issues of Frontpost, a newspaper for German soldiers, translated into English for semi-tactical purposes by the Twelfth Army group. The third and fourth folders house Secret military reports from corps artillery headquarters, German POW Interrogation reports, and confidential G-2 reports dating from 1944 to 1945.


  • 1944-1945

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


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This collection houses official congratulatory victory letters, translated German newspapers, secret military reports from corps artillery headquarters, German POW Interrogation reports, confidential G-2 reports, and other World War II ephemera collected by Captain Coleman E. Baird of Tennessee between 1944 and 1945.

Biographical/Historical Note

Coleman Emerson Baird was born on 28 July 1914 in Lebanon, Tennessee to William Erwin and Allie (Coleman) Baird. He was educated at Lebanon High School and at the University of Tennessee, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture on 3 June 1935. He enlisted in the U. S. Army on 25 November 1940 and flew Piper Cub L-4 and L-5 aircrafts in the 423rd Field Artillery group of the 5th Army, II Corps, during World War II. He was stationed primarily in Northern Italy near the Apennine Mountains. He was discharged from active duty in August of 1945 but remained in the Army Reserve until 1970, when he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After his discharge, Baird returned to Tennessee. He and his wife, Catherine (Erwin) Baird, and their children moved to Springfield, Tennessee in 1947. Here, Baird worked as an Assistant County Agent with the Robertson County Extension Service and later with the farm service department of Commerce Union Bank (now Bank of America). He was also a devoted member of the United Methodist Church, serving on its Board of Stewards and teaching an adult Sunday School Class for 36 years. Baird died on 12 February 2006 in Auburn, Alabama and was buried in Robertson County Memorial Gardens.


This collection consists of four folders.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA