Westmoreland, William C.

1972 TLS 2 weeks after retiring from the Army as Chief of Staff, the former commander of US operations in Vietnam reflects on his retirement to the then Army Deputy Chief of Information

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(1914-2005) USMA 1936, graduated 1st in his class, Creighton Abrams and Benjamin O. Davis Jr. his classmates. Served in ETO in WW II, chief of staff of 9th Infantry Oct. 1944. In Jan. 1964, became Deputy Commander of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), assuming direct control from General Paul Harkins. He became known for his positive assessments of US military prospects and regular requests for increases in troop strength (16,000 when he arrived, 535,000 in 1968 when he left). Commanded US military operations in Vietnam, including during the Tet Offensive, used strategy of attrition against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. As Army Chief of Staff 1968-72, he commissioned the Peers Commission to investigate the My Lai massacre. Ran unsuccessfully for Governor of South Carolina in 1974. TLS on 8 ˝ x 7 4-star flag letterhead, no place, July 13 1972, 2 weeks after stepping down (June 30) as Army Chief of Staff and retiring from the Army, to Brigadier General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Army Deputy Chief of Information. Westmoreland was “deeply touched” by Smith’s note of July 3, adding: “Indeed it has been my privilege to have served the united States Army and indirectly the nation for a long period, and the satisfaction that I have received is due compensation for anything that I might have contributed.” He then states: “As I look back on my service, one thing that stands out is the fine soldiers that I have served with and the friends that I have made.” He thanks Smith (“among the stalwart group”) for his support and dedication to the Army. 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. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Maxwell Taylor, 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, After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

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Type:Letter






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