William Westmoreland

1914 - 2005

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William Childs Westmoreland (26 March 1914 – 18 July 2005) was a United States Army general, most notably commander of United States forces during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968. He served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1968 to 1972. Westmoreland adopted a strategy of attrition against the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army, attempting to drain them of manpower and supplies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Westmoreland has received more than 2,486,387 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). William Westmoreland is the 498th most popular military personnel (up from 520th in 2019), the 1,448th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,526th in 2019) and the 17th most popular American Military Personnel.

William Westmoreland was a United States Army general who commanded U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968. He is most famous for his belief that the Vietnam War could be won and for his strategy of attrition.

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Over the past year William Westmoreland has had the most page views in the with 252,247 views, followed by German (21,612), and Italian (14,083). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Southern Azerbaijani (68.14%), Belarusian (61.85%), and Slovenian (39.65%)


Among military personnels, William Westmoreland ranks 498 out of 2,058Before him are Yigael Yadin, Lucius Artorius Castus, Qi Jiguang, Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ma Dai, and Dmitry Pavlov. After him are François Joseph Lefebvre, Thersites, Roustam Raza, Yevhen Konovalets, Josef Harpe, and Paul von Rennenkampf.

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Among people born in 1914, William Westmoreland ranks 51Before him are Jean Tatlock, Boris Christoff, Peter Townsend, Pavle, Serbian Patriarch, Norman Borlaug, and Adolfo Bioy Casares. After him are Robert Wise, Alan Hodgkin, Renato Dulbecco, Shapour Bakhtiar, Akira Nozawa, and James Van Allen. Among people deceased in 2005, William Westmoreland ranks 50Before him are Ephraim Kishon, Wim Duisenberg, Emmanuelle Arsan, Ibrahim Ferrer, Consuelo Velázquez, and Victoria de los Ángeles. After him are Robert Wise, Akira Yoshizawa, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, Robert Sheckley, Peter Benenson, and Hunter S. Thompson.

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Among people born in United States, William Westmoreland ranks 1,448 out of 20,380Before him are Andre Agassi (1970), Annie Jump Cannon (1863), Phil Ochs (1940), Harry Harrison (1925), Kim Carnes (1945), and Bob Gunton (1945). After him are Roberts Blossom (1924), Gus Grissom (1926), Carroll Baker (1931), Alan J. Pakula (1928), George Takei (1937), and William Miller (1782).


Among military personnels born in United States, William Westmoreland ranks 17Before him are John J. Pershing (1860), Benedict Arnold (1741), Richard Winters (1918), Yonatan Netanyahu (1946), Charles Sweeney (1919), and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934). After him are Stonewall Jackson (1824), Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821), Creighton Abrams (1914), Paul Revere (1735), Raymond A. Spruance (1886), and William Tecumseh Sherman (1820).