|10th United States Secretary of Defense|
January 21, 1969 – January 29, 1973
|Preceded by||Clark Clifford|
|Succeeded by||Elliot Richardson|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 7th district
January 3, 1953 – January 21, 1969
|Preceded by||Reid Murray|
|Succeeded by||Dave Obey|
Melvin Robert Laird
September 1, 1922
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||November 16, 2016
Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Masters (1942–1992)
Carole Fleishman (1993–2016)
|Alma mater||Carleton College|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942–1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Melvin Robert "Bom" Laird (September 1, 1922 – November 16, 2016) was an American politician and writer. He was a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin before serving as Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1973 under President Richard Nixon.
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Laird (left) with one of his successors, Donald Rumsfeld, and biographer Dale Van Atta, 2001
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