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Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau

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Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur de Rochambeau
Born(1725-07-01)1 July 1725
Vendôme, Orléanais, France
Died30 May 1807(1807-05-30) (aged 81)
Thoré, Loir-et-Cher, France
Allegiance Kingdom of France
 Kingdom of the French
Service/branch French Army
Years of service1742–1792
RankMarshal of France
Battles/warsWar of the Austrian Succession

Seven Years' War

American Revolutionary War

French Revolutionary Wars

Awards Order of the Holy Spirit
Order of Saint Louis
Society of the Cincinnati

Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1 July 1725 – 10 May 1807) was a French nobleman. He served as a general under Louis XIV, and took part in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). He was present at the siege of Antwerp and Namur. With an army of 6,000 people, he helped George Washington in the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). During the Reign of Terror, he was sentenced, but not executed on the guillotine. He was freed after the fall of Maximilien de Robespierre. Napoleon awarded him a title of the Legion of Honor, in 1803.