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General William Westmoreland - General William Westmoreland commanded U.S. military operations in Vietnam from 1964-68. His highly publicized, positive assessments of the American military prospects were shattered by the Tet offensive of 1968, in which Communist forces boldly attacked cities and towns throughout South Vietnam. Westmoreland later served as the Army's chief of staff.

nyprarchives: “In 1967, General William Westmoreland delivered an optimistic report on the Vietnam War at the American Newspaper Publishers Association. Meanwhile, protesters outside burned him in...

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General William Westmoreland, Commander of the U.S. Forces in Vietnam. I met the retired General while a student in college and spent more than a day with him. Soon after meeting him at the airport, while waiting for his luggage, he handed me a leather portfolio containing papers saying, "Here hang on to this for me." On it's side was a large gold seal, similar to that of the President's, in which it said "Chief of Staff United States Army." Very cool! He was down-to-business, but…

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"President Johnson did not want the Vietnam War to broaden. He wanted the North Vietnamese to leave their brothers in the South alone.", William Westmoreland