Segment 13


After the war ended, Baum returned to New York to get some of his wounds taken care of. He was so happy, because of his family, that he was medically discharged. His family received 4 telegrams about him. Wood, Clark [Annotator;s Note: General Mark Clark] and Abrams wanted him to stay in. He is proud that he led the raid on Hammelburg and that he got the orders from Patton. After the war Baum and Clark had a good relationship. He met General Clark for lunch 1 day at Rockefeller Plaza; he felt so out of place. In walked Governor Rockefeller, men involved in Chase Manhattan Bank, four star generals, and Clark. He had no idea what he was in for, he wanted to keep his mouth shut, but all of the men wanted to talk to him about everything. They kept asking him what he thought. Baum was furious, but Clark explained he did it because he wanted those men to understand that Jewish soldiers fought in the war and their value. He saw Clark years later at Fort Hood. While on a business trip Baum paid a visit to Clark at his home near Ft. Hood. Clark came out 45 minutes later and took Baum to Ft. Hood so that Baum could test a tank course for him. He had to critique the course in front of 60 officers. Clark would not let him go; he had him review the troops. He wanted to honor Baum for all his hard work and time of service. He put Baum on the reviewing stand to review the troops. Baum thinks all the men he worked with fine people and that he was fortunte to work with men like Abrams, Clark and Cohen. His mother insisted on meeting Abrams and he agreed to spend the weekend with Baum's family in a 6-room, 6-story walk-up in the Bronx. That shows how much they respected one another. Abrams was a wonderful person with a wonderful wife. Their children, John and Creighton became Generals. Robert Bruce Abrams [Annotator's Note: named after Clark] is also a General.


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