GENERAL WILLIAM C. WESTMORELAND - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/11/1981 - HFSID 167512
Sale Price $396.00
WILLIAM C. WESTMORELAND. TLS: "W.C. Westmoreland," 1p, 7¼x10½. Charleston, South Carolina,1981 April 11.The first Commander of the "Military Assistance Command" in Vietnam from 1964-1968 writes to Joe Fawls, Floral Park, New York. In full: "Ref. Your note of April 23, 1981. Yes, I knew General Patton. He was a good general and an aggressive combat commander while commanding armored formations. He frequently wore his service uniform in the field. General Clark commanded mostly infantry units in a mountainous region. In my book, A Soldier Reports, now in paperback by Dell, I comment briefly on Patton. P.S. General Haig should make a good Secretary of State." During WWII, Westmoreland had been in command of a field artillery battalion in the North Africa and Sicily campaigns.General Mark Clark forced the Germans to surrender in the Italian Alpson May 2, 1945.General Alexander Haig had becomePresident Reagan's first Secretary of Stateon January 20, 1981. William Childs Westmoreland (1914-2005) was Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1960-1963) and Commander of the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, and United States Army, Vietnam, at the peak of the Vietnam War (1964-1968). Westmoreland, who then served as Army Chief of Staff (1968-1972), supervised the Army's disengagement from Vietnam and the transition from the draft to an all-volunteer army. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Fine condition.
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