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Kenneth Elsworth Stewart Collection, 1899-1956, MS 3083
Finding Aid to the Kenneth Elsworth Stewart Collection, MS 3083
H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society
Kenneth Elsworth Stewart Collection
Kenneth Elsworth Stewart, 1907-1969
2 Boxes; 1 oversized item removed to framed storage
Summary: Kenneth Elsworth Stewart, a resident of Baltimore, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the liberation of Paris. Mr. Stewart also served as Military Governor of the city of Zwickau/Saxony following the surrender of Germany. In 1954 he returned to service as commander of a tank warfare school in South Korea. The collection consists primarily of military records from Mr. Stewart’s time in service, as well as correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous items.
H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
There are no access restrictions
Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.
Gift of Robert G. Stewart in 2005
The collection was processed by Graham Richardson in the Fall of 2006 and Damon Talbot in the Fall of 2010.
Items removed from collection
PP 243 was created to house the photographs that were contained in the scrapbooks.
Kenneth Elsworth Stewart (1907-1969) was born in Havre de Grace Maryland and lived most of his life in Baltimore. He attended Garey’s Army and Navy Prep School in Baltimore and later entered Johns Hopkins University (Class of 1930). In 1926 he joined the Naval Reserve, remaining with the unit until receiving a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Army on June 12, 1929. In the 1930’s he was posted at the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Westernport, MD. After being trained in tank warfare at Pine Camp, NY, he was sent to Australia and New Caledonia following the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1943 he returned to the US for training at Camp Polk, Louisiana, and was sent from there to England. He participated in the liberation of Paris in 1944. Major Stewart also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and served as Military Governor of the city of Zwickau/Saxony after the German surrender until it control of the city was passed to the Soviet Union.
In 1954 he was recalled to service and became the commander of an armored warfare school in South Korea, helping to train the Republic of Korea (ROK) tank forces. He was awarded the Chungmu Distinguished Military Service Medal with Gold Star by the South Korean Government. In 1957 he was discharged from the Army in and lived in Baltimore until his death in 1969.
Scope and Content
The bulk of the collection was originally placed in 3 photo albums containing the pictures and documents collected by Lt. Col. Stewart. The photographs have been removed and can be found in PP 243. The remaining items in the album labeled “Pacific” consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, postcards, and military related documents from Stewart’s time in the Civilian Conservation Core up through his posting at New Caledonia. The second album “Europe” contains primarily newspaper clippings collected during the liberation of Europe in 1944-1945. It also contains postcards, military documents, and other miscellaneous items. The third album “Korea” consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, postcards, military documents and other items from Lt. Col. Stewart’s service in Korea.
There is also one folder containing 43 items, the majority of which are Mr. Stewarts’ military service records, including discharge notices, ROTC and Armored Force School certificates, and a commendation from President Harry Truman. A second folder contains a 14 page document “My War Experiences,” written by Mrs. Kenneth Stewart (Ruth Jones). It details her experiences during her husband’s service in the army. There is also a Diploma from the Infantry School for completion of the National Guard and Reserve Officers Course.
One item, a certificate of Ch'ungmu medal awarded to Stewart is located in framed storage.
See also the following related photograph collection:
Infantry School Diploma
Album - "Europe"
Album - "Pacific"
Album - "Korea"
Military Service Records
|Certificate of Ch'ungmu Medal Award to Kenneth E. Stewart||ca 1941-1945||Framed Storage|