General Westmoreland visits Tiger Ridge

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By Rickey Robertson

Throughout the history of the United States, our country has fought many wars and has fought with their allies in several more. One of the longest and hardest fought wars involving the United States was the Vietnam War. During this lengthy war, over 58,000 American service men and women were killed with thousands wounded and crippled. The Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) and American forces in Vietnam were commanded by a very able and accomplished officer, General William C. Westmoreland.

William Westmoreland was born in 1914 in South Carolina. He attended the Citadel for one year, then in 1932 he received an appointment to West Point. At West Point he was an outstanding cadet, and due to his military proficiency he graduated as First Captain of Cadets, and one of his friends and fellow classmates was Creighton Abrams. After his graduation he was appointed an artillery officer and commanded artillery units, but when World War II came he served in combat in Tunisia, Sicily, France, and Germany and achieved the temporary rank of Colonel as Chief of Staff of the 9th Infantry Division. After World War II he completed the Airborne School at Ft. Benning and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he commanded the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.


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