William Westmoreland

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Birthday
26, 1914
Birthplace
Saxon, SC
Death Date
Jul 18, 2005 (91)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
26, 1914
Birthplace
Saxon, SC
Death Date
Jul 18, 2005 (91)

About

Military leader who served as commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968.

Before Fame

He commanded artillery battalions in North Africa in World War II and went on to head the elite 101st Airborne Division during the 1950s.

Trivia

He oversaw a massive expansion of the Vietnam War, which, at its peak, involved more than 500,000 troops.

Family Life

He had three children with his wife, Katherine Van Deus.

Associated With

He owed a debt of gratitude to fellow general, Frederick C. Weyand , whose timely warning helped him to push back the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive.