||General Westmoreland came to
epitomize changes in public sentiment about the military in the 1960s
and 1970s that resulted in large part from the war in Vietnam. He was on
hand for an event that is remembered as signaling the end of that
acrimonious era, the 1982 dedication of the Vietnam Veteranís Memorial
in Washington, DC.
In 1994, upon reading of the disrepair of Grantís Tomb, the retired general took the initiative to write the GMAís past president, Frank Scaturro, asked that his name be added to the list of citizens who were concerned that the monument be treated with respect.
Westmoreland, a native of South Carolina who graduated from West Point in 1936, worked his way steadily upward through the ranks to become the Armyís youngest major general. He also served as Superintendent of his alma mater.
He is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Van Deusen, a son and two daughters.