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STAMPS, THOMAS DODSON

STAMPS, THOMAS DODSON (1893–1964). Thomas Dodson Stamps, Army engineer and author, son of Asa and Elizabeth (Willeford) Stamps, was born in Kingsbury, Texas, on July 23, 1893. He was graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor of arts degree in 1912. He entered the United States Army in 1914, was commissioned a second lieutenant, and received a bachelor of science from the United States Military Academy in 1917. He was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1917 to 1938, and he commanded engineer troops during World War I in France and Germany with the 107th Engineers of the Thirty-second Infantry Division; his decorations included the Legion of Merit with Oak-Leaf Cluster and the French Legion of Honor. He received another bachelor of science, this time from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1921; he rose to the rank of brigadier general by 1956. Stamps was head of the Department of Military Art and Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy from 1938 to 1956 and dean of the academic board there from 1956 to 1957. He developed texts and atlases for studies of recent wars, and during World War II he initiated a series of paperbacks to bring the latest engineering developments to the cadets. He was active in cadet affairs and served for many years on the athletic board at West Point. Before his service at the academy he had been a construction engineer on Mississippi River and Illinois waterways projects and served in the construction of the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, in 1930–31. He was a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, and the American Military Institute. He was coeditor of A Short Military History of World War I and A Military History of World War II; he also contributed numerous articles to technical journals. He retired as a professor at the Military Academy in 1957; from then until August 1963 he directed military studies at the University of Maryland. Stamps married Lois Baker on October 4, 1919; they had two children. He died on April 12, 1964, at Washington, D.C., and was buried at West Point.

Richard T. Fleming

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Richard T. Fleming, "STAMPS, THOMAS DODSON," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fst08), accessed December 18, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.