Alexander Haig

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Alexander Haig
59th United States Secretary of State
In office
January 22, 1981 (1981-January-22) – July 5, 1982 (1982-July-05)
President Ronald Reagan
Deputy William P. Clark
Walter John Stoessel, Jr.
Preceded by Edmund Muskie
Succeeded by George P. Shultz
7th Supreme Allied Commander Europe
In office
December 16, 1974 (1974-December-16) – July 1, 1979 (1979-July-01)
President Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Deputy John Mogg
Harry Tuzo
Gerd Schmückle
Preceded by Andrew Goodpaster
Succeeded by Bernard W. Rogers
5th White House Chief of Staff
In office
1973–1974
President Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded by H. R. Haldeman
Succeeded by Donald Rumsfeld
Deputy National Security Advisor
In office
1970–1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Robert Komer
Succeeded by Brent Scowcroft
Personal details
Born Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr.
December 2, 1924
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died February 20, 2010(2010-02-20) (aged 85)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Patricia
(nee Fox, 1950–his death)
Alma mater U.S. Military Academy (B.S.)
Columbia Business School (M.B.A.)
Georgetown University (M.A.)
Profession Soldier, civil servant
Signature
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1947–1979
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Battles/wars Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Bronze Star
Combat Infantryman Badge
Purple Heart
Presidential Service Badge

Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr. (December 2, 1924 – February 20, 2010) was a United States Army general.

He was the United States Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. He was also White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He also was Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. This is the second-highest ranking officer in the Army.[1] He was in charge of all US and NATO forces in Europe.

Haig was a veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart.[2]

On February 20, 2010, Haig died from complications from a staphylococcal infection, aged 85.[3]

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