William C. Westmoreland
Born: March 26, 1914, Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Died: July 18, 2005, Charleston, South Carolina
William C. Westmoreland was an American General who commanded
American military operations in the Vietnam War at its peak from 1964 to
1968 and who served as U.S. Army Chief of Staff from 1968 to 1972.
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William C. Westmoreland entered West Point after one year at The
Citadel. What year did he enter West Point?
2. He graduated as first captain - the highest rank - and received
the Pershing Sword, given to the most able cadet.
3. Westmoreland reached the rank of Colonel, Army of the United
States: July 1944 (temporary). When did he reach Colonel, Regular Army:
4. Westmoreland's World War II experience with the 82nd Airborne led
to his being asked to join the 82nd as a regimental commander after the
war, which was the beginning of his professional association with
airborne and airmobile troops. Who brought him in as regimental
5. What division did he assume command of in 1958?
101st Airborne Division
82nd Airborne Division
3rd Armored Division
6. In 1960 he became superintendent of the Citadel.
7. He became commander of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
Who did he assume command from?
General Paul D. Harkins
General David Peatraous
General Ira Hayes
8. From 1968 to 1972, what command did Westmoreland serve, then
retired from the Army.
Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Chief of Staff, Department of Defense
Secretary of the United States Army
9. In 1982, Mike Wallace interviewed Westmoreland for the CBS special
The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception. The documentary,
prepared largely by CBS producer George Crile, alleged that Westmoreland
and others had deliberately underestimated Vietcong troop strength
during 1967 in order to maintain US troop morale and domestic support
for the war. Westmoreland filed a lawsuit against CBS. Westmoreland
suddenly settled with CBS for an apology, no more than CBS had
10. When did Westmoreland ran unsuccessfully for Governor of South
Where is William C.
Governor Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield, Massachusetts
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
West Point Cemetery, United States Military Academy, West Point,