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GEN William Childs Westmoreland

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GEN William Childs Westmoreland

United States Army General. He was the commander of United States Forces during the war in Viet Nam, commanding American military operations there from 1964 to 1968 and serving as United States Army Chief of Staff from 1968 to 1972. Initially entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1932 after one year at the Citadel and following graduation and commissioning from West Point in 1936 he became an artillery officer and served in several commands and achieved the rank Colonel during combat operations in the European theater during World War II. His experience with the 82nd Airborne led to his assignment by General James M. Gavin as the regimental commander of the 82nd Airborne after the war, which was the beginning of his professional association with airborne and airmobile troops. He served with the 82nd Airborne for four years. During the Korean War he commanded the 187th Regimental Combat Team. Promoted to Brigadier General in 1953 he spent five years assigned to the Pentagon, then assumed command of the 101st Airborne Division in 1958 and in 1960 became Superintendent of West Point; in 1963 he was assigned as commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps. Later that year he became deputy commander of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, assuming command of MACV from General Paul Harkins in 1964. Most notable campaign was the 1968 Tet Offensive. Died of natural causes in Charleston, South Carolina. He spent many years after his retirment defending both his role and the United States role in the Viet Nam conflict, often stating his belief that the war was not lost, rather, the objectives went unfinished.

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  • Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
  • Added: 18 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11383554
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for GEN William Childs Westmoreland (26 Mar 1914–18 Jul 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11383554, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .