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|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|
||United States Army|
|Years of service||1936-1972|
|Commands held||504th Parachute Infantry Regiment
187th Regimental Combat Team
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards|| Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star (2)
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.
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General William Westmoreland and President Lyndon B. Johnson at Cam Ranh Air Base, 23 December 1967
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