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William C. Westmoreland

Date of birth: 26-Mar-14
Date of death: 18-Jul-05
Place of Birth: South Carolina, Spartanburg
Home of record: Spartanburg South Carolina

William Westmoreland graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1936. From July 3, 1968 to June 30, 1972, he served as the 25th Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General William Childs Westmoreland (ASN: 0-20223), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, during the period from August 1964 to December 1965.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 45 (December 1, 1966)

Action Date: August 1964 - December 1965

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Commander

Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General William Childs Westmoreland (ASN: 0-20223), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, during the period from January 1966 to December 1967.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 15 (April 8, 1968)

Action Date: January 1966 - December 1967

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Commander

Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General William Childs Westmoreland (ASN: 0-20223), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, during the period from December 1967 through July 1968.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 44 (August 22, 1968)

Action Date: December 1967 - July 1968

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Commander

Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to General William Childs Westmoreland (ASN: 0-20223), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of Staff, United States Army, from July 1968 to July 1972. During a period marked by significant changes in national strategy and priorities, General Westmoreland's outstanding professional ability, personal integrity, and untiring leadership efforts were an inspiration to all the Army. Under his guidance, the Army began the complex transition from a force of one and a half million men, shouldering the major burden of our prolonged national commitment in Southeast Asia, to a smaller, highly professional force, qualitatively structured to support the national strategy requirement of the Seventies. General Westmoreland initiated programs to provide for the restructuring, realignment, and modernization of Army forces in order to improve force capabilities and best meet our global national commitments. He instituted measures to revitalize leadership and professionalism throughout the ranks, to include the design of a new Officer Personnel Management System, a Noncommissioned Officer Education System, and an Enlisted Qualitative Management Program. General Westmoreland was particularly concerned with the men and women of the Army and devoted himself unsparingly to improving service life and providing the soldier with an unprecedented sense of personal choice, dignity, and self discipline. He insisted on meaningful and challenging training for every person in the Army and the effective utilization of skills in tasks directly related to unit missions. He directed that the responsibilities for designing unit training programs be returned to the unit commanders and urged leaders at all levels to make use of mission-type orders and permit their subordinates maximum initiative in accomplishing assigned tasks. In adjusting the priorities for future military spending, General Westmoreland resolutely defended programs aimed at improving the working environment and living standard of American soldiers worldwide. His imaginative and unrelenting efforts to improve service attractiveness, job satisfaction, and public understanding have been instrumental in moving the Army toward the President's goal of an all-volunteer force. His exceptional leadership and selfless dedication to duty throughout this period are the hallmarks of his brilliant career. A grateful Nation recognizes that General Westmoreland's long and distinguished service, covering three wars and more than 36 years of devoted duty, has been in the finest traditions of the military profession. His loyal and illustrious service to the United States, in successive positions of the greatest responsibility, reflects the highest credit upon himself, the Army, and the Nation.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 30 (July 6, 1972)

Action Date: July 1968 - July 1972

Service: Army

Rank: General

Company: Chief of Staff

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General William Childs Westmoreland (ASN: 0-20223), United States Army, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding General, 187th Regimental Combat Team, in Korea, from 1952 to 1953.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1952 - 1953

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Company: Commanding General

Regiment: 187th Regimental Combat Team