William WestmorelandWilliam Childs Westmoreland
(born March 26
) is a retired United States
General who commanded US military operationsin the Vietnam War
. As the head of the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam
his highly publicized, positive assessments of US military prospects in Vietnam
were shattered by the 1968 Tet Offensive
, in which Communist
forces attacked cities and towns throughout South Vietnam
. He later served as the Army's chief of staff.
He retired from the Army in 1972.