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Paul Emden Blaum papers

Identifier: MS-0074

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, genealogy reports, Purple Heart Award, a camera, and other materials contained in two boxes.


  • 1928-2016


Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users.

Conditions Governing Use note

All rights transferred to University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

Paul Emden Blaum was born April 24, 1916, in Elmhurst, Bronx, New York. He was the son of Emil Blaum and Monica Purcell Blaum. He graduated with honors from St. Ann's Academy in New York in 1934. Blaum enlisted in the New York State National Guard in 1935, and served for three years before being honorably discharged. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1941. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled in the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he graduated as a second lieutenant and was assigned to the 506th Parachute Regiment. While enrolled in Fort Benning, he met and married Cynthia Allen, a nurse who was working at Columbus (Georgia) City Hospital. They married on September 6, 1942, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Camden, South Carolina. They had one son, Paul Emden Blaum II. (See "I Never Knew My Mother," Box 1, Folder 12).

Paul Emden Blaum was sent to the European Front with his Parachute Regiment when the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1944, he was seriously wounded in action and died two days later from his injuries on October 4, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.


0.84 Linear feet (2 boxes)




Papers of Paul Emden Blaum and his son, Paul Emden Blaum II.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Paul Emden Blaum II, 2018.

Processing Information note

Processed by Russ Lenox, 2018.
Guide to the Paul Emden Blaum Papers MS-0074
Finding aid prepared by Russ Lenox
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States