Weyand, Frederick C.

1974 TLS as new Army Chief of Staff, last commander of US operations in Vietnam 1972-73, to the Army War

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Frederick C. Weyand (1916-2010) Army general, last commander of US military operations in the Vietnam War 1972-73, Army Chief of Staff 1974-76. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant thru UCAL Berkeley’s ROTC program in 1938. He was with the 6th Field Artillery 1940-42, assistant chief of staff for intelligence in the China-Burma-India Theater 1944-45 in the Military Intelligence Service in Washington 1945-46, then chief of staff for intelligence, Army Forces, Middle Pacific 1946-49. He served in the Korean War, becoming military assistant and executive to the Secretary of the Army 1954-57. Weyand became commander of the 25th Infantry in Hawaii in 1964, and led the division in Vietnam 1965-66. He commanded the 25th to 1967, when he became deputy, then acting commander, and finally commander of II Field Force, Vietnam, responsible for III Corps Tactical Zone comprising the 11 provinces around Saigon. A dissenter from Westmoreland's more conventional war strategy, Weyand's experience as a former intelligence officer led him to believe the key to success lay in securing and pacifying towns and villages in South Vietnam and managed to convince a reluctant Westmoreland to allow him to redeploy troops away from the Cambodian border area closer to Saigon, significantly contributing to making the 1968 Tet Offensive a military catastrophe for North Vietnam. In 1969, he was named military advisor to Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge at the Paris Peace Talks. In 1970 he became assistant chief of staff for force development then deputy commander of MACV. He succeeded General Creighton Abrams, named Army Chief of Staff, as MACV Commander June 30, 1972. By the end of 1972 General Weyand had overseen the withdrawal of all US military forces from South Vietnam. He was Commander in Chief of US Army, Pacific in 1973, Army Vice Chief of Staff 1973-74, Chief of Staff 1974-76. As Chief of Staff he supervised Army moves to improve the combat-to-support troop ratio, to achieve a 16-division force, to enhance effectiveness of roundout units, and to improve personnel and logistical readiness. He retired October 1976. TLS “Fred” on 8 ½ x 7 4-star letterhead as General, US Army and Chief of Staff, Washington, October 15 1974, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, Army War College. Weyand thanks Smith for his note of congratulations (on his appointment as Army Chief of Staff), has big shoes to fill, welcomes the challenge and looks forward to “carrying out the main thrust of General Abrams’ programs.” DeWITT C. SMITH,JR. (1920 -1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. In 1942, he joined the Army, commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, served with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. Wounded 3 times, he was awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, and 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged 1946, he returned to active duty in Korea and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Maxwell Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, and was a battalion XO and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He led a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry in Vietnam. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson, Colo. was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

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