Robert Cushman, Rathvon Tompkins, Paul Harkins, William DePuy, William Westmoreland and Creighton Abrams
First Lieutenant Smith (1LT) was proud of his time as a coach for the 3d Armored team, especially as the division commander, Major General Creighton Abrams
, (1) was an avid baseball fan and took a personal interest in young Sam Smith.
For many baby boomers, children of those who fought in World War II and, like me, son of a father who fought at the Battle of the Bulge as a tank commander whose superior was Creighton Abrams
and ultimate superior was George Patton, this book reveals to us what was going on in our fathers' lives.
The most prominent among them are General Leonard Wood and William Howard Taft in Cuba and the Philippines in the early twentieth century; MacArthur in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea from 1936-1951; General Lucius Clay in Germany in the late 1940's; the intelligence operative Edward Lansdale in the Philippines and Vietnam in the early 1950s; Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge and General Maxwell Taylor in Vietnam in the early 1960s; General Creighton Abrams
, Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and William Colby in Vietnam in the late 1960 and early 1970s; General Wesley Clark in the Balkans in the late 1990s; Ambassador L.
Here the two most important figures in rehabilitating the Army's leadership were Creighton Abrams
and his successor, Frederick C.
that "everybody's kind of happy out there in Long An and Hua Nghia [provinces] because there isn't much going on.
In June of 1968, GEN Creighton Abrams
officially took over as the overall U.
By experience, the best of those officers, from Ulysses Grant to Creighton Abrams
, were forged and proven in war.
Under General Creighton Abrams
, who replaced General William Westmoreland in 1968, "The emphasis changed to the protection of the civilian population, arming and supporting local forces better, doing away with free-fire zones, and concentrating on support of Vietnamese pacification efforts, while emphasizing smaller and more flexible American operations against still-increasing North Vietnamese regulars.
reminded its often That 'People are not in the Army, people are the Army,"' Army Secretary Pere Geren told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this year.
Now that Bush is making a stab at doing what he should have done four years ago, I am reminded of the strategy followed in Vietnam after General Creighton Abrams
replaced General William Westmoreland, whose bloody search-and-destroy missions had cost the lives of far too many Americans and innocent South Vietnamese.
Interspersed throughout are short profiles of important individuals from the era, including General Creighton Abrams
, Jane Fonda, Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, Abbie Hoffman, Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, reporter Seymour Hersh, and Bob Dylan.