|Birth name||William Childs Westmoreland|
March 26, 1914|
Saxon, South Carolina, U.S.
|Died||July 18, 2005
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
|Place of burial||West Point Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1936-1972|
|Commands held||Chief of Staff of the United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards|| Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star (2)
Air Medal (10)
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.