William Westmoreland

1914 - 2005

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William Childs Westmoreland (March 26, 1914 – July 18, 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 1,902,547 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). William Westmoreland is the 458th most popular military personnel (down from 435th in 2019), the 1,361st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,258th in 2019) and the 16th 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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Among military personnels, William Westmoreland ranks 458 out of 1,466Before him are Hans Baur, Vjekoslav Luburić, Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, He Jin, Alfred Redl, and Huang Gai. After him are Pierre Cambronne, August Hirt, Baiju, Petre Dumitrescu, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Antonio Tejero.

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Among people born in 1914, William Westmoreland ranks 43Before him are Max Perutz, Louis, Prince Napoléon, Boris Christoff, Edward T. Hall, Vjekoslav Luburić, and Raymond Davis Jr.. After him are Alan Hodgkin, Rafael Kubelík, Mario Bava, Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover, George Dantzig, and Norman Borlaug. Among people deceased in 2005, William Westmoreland ranks 51Before him are Wim Duisenberg, Robert Sheckley, Rosemary Kennedy, Peter Benenson, Robert Moog, and Ephraim Kishon. After him are Gnassingbé Eyadéma, George Dantzig, Emmanuelle Arsan, Arman, Consuelo Velázquez, and Will Eisner.

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Among people born in United States, William Westmoreland ranks 1,361 out of 15,968Before him are Paul L. Smith (1936), Sequoyah (1770), Marilyn Manson (1969), Tom Morello (1964), William Walker (1824), and Hal Holbrook (1925). After him are Jeremy Rifkin (1945), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), F. Sherwood Rowland (1927), Nicholas Ray (1911), Frederick Douglass (1818), and Robin Wright (1966).


Among military personnels born in United States, William Westmoreland ranks 16Before him are Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), Yonatan Netanyahu (1946), Richard Winters (1918), Raymond A. Spruance (1886), and Albert Pike (1809). After him are William Tecumseh Sherman (1820), Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934), Doc Holliday (1851), Creighton Abrams (1914), Benedict Arnold (1741), and Stonewall Jackson (1824).