William Westmoreland

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William Westmoreland
Birth name William Childs Westmoreland
Nickname "Westy"
Born (1914-03-26)March 26, 1914
Saxon, South Carolina, U.S.
Died July 18, 2005(2005-07-18) (aged 91)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Place of burial West Point Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1936-1972
Rank US Army O10 shoulderboard rotated.svg General
Commands held

504th Parachute Infantry Regiment
187th Regimental Combat Team
101st Airborne Division
Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy
XVIII Airborne Corps
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star (2)
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal (10)

William Childs Westmoreland (March 26, 1914 – July 18, 2005) was an United States Army four-star general.

Westmoreland commanded U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War at its peak (1964–68), including during the 1968 Tet Offensive. He adopted a strategy of attrition against the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army.

He later served as U.S. Army chief of staff from 1968 to 1972.

He was mentioned in a Time magazine article as a potential candidate for the 1968 Republican nomination.[1]

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