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William C. Westmoreland 
 
  • 26 March 1914 William Childs Westmoreland was born in Spartanburg County, South Carolina
  • 1936:  graduated from the United States Military Academy; was commissioned a second lieutenant, June 1936
  • 1936–1939: served with the 18th Field Artillery at Fort Sill
  • 1939: was promoted to first lieutenant, June 1939
  • 1939–1941;:was a battery officer and commander and a battalion staff officer of the 8th Field Artillery at Schofield Barracks
  • 1942 was promoted to temporary major (February) and lieutenant colonel (September)
  • 1942–1944 was operations officer of the 34th Field Artillery Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, in the United States and North Africa and a battalion commander in operations in Tunisia and Sicily
  • 1944 was executive officer of the 9th Division Artillery in Western European operations; was promoted to temporary colonel, July 1944 
  • 1944–1945: was chief of staff of the 9th Infantry Division in the closing operations of World War II in Germany
  • 1945–1946 commanded the 60th Infantry; was promoted to permanent captain, June 1946; was chief of staff and later commander of the 71st Infantry Division, 1946; received airborne training at the Infantry School, 1946; commanded the 504th Parachute Infantry, 82d Airborne Division, 1946–1947
  • 1947 married Katherine S. Van Deusen
  • 1947–1950: was chief of staff of the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, receiving his promotion to permanent major in July 1948
  • 1950–1951: was instructor at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, , and the Army War College, 1951–1952
  • 1952–1953: commanded the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team in operations in Korea; was promoted to temporary brigadier general, November 1952, and permanent lieutenant colonel, July 1953
  • 1953–1955: was deputy assistant chief of staff, G–1, for manpower control; attended the advanced management program at Harvard Business School, 1954
  • 1955–1958: was secretary of the General Staff; was promoted to temporary major general, December 1956
  • 1958–1960: was commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell
  • 1960–1963: was superintendent of the United States Military Academy;  was promoted to permanent ranks of colonel, June 1961, and brigadier general, February 1963, and to temporary lieutenant general, July 1963
  • 1963–1964: was commander of the Strategic Army Corps and XVIII Airborne Corps, was successively deputy commander and acting commander of United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, 1964; was promoted to temporary general, August 1964 
  • August 1965;made permanent major general 
  • 1964–1968: was commander of United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, and United States Army, Vietnam, at the peak of the Vietnam War
  • 3 July 1968–30 June 1972 was chief of staff of the United States Army; supervised the Army’s disengagement from Vietnam, the transition from the draft to an all-volunteer footing, and the employment of troops in a period of active civil disturbance; centered attention upon efforts to improve service life, officer professionalism, job attractiveness, and public understanding
  • July 1972: retired from active service 
 
 
 

 

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