July 19, 2005, - 4:41 pm

Gen. William Westmoreland, American Hero, RIP

By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday, a true American hero and patriot, General William Westmoreland, passed away.
Gen. Westmoreland was Commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam and fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. A colonel by the time he was 30, Westmoreland always vigorously defended his country, whether on the battlefield or in the minefield of verbal assaults by the media.

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In 1982, he bravely sued CBS over a defamatory documentary. The question “is not about whether the war in Vietnam was right or wrong, but whether in our land a television network can rob an honorable man of his reputation,” Westmoreland said. He decried the time and effort he had to spend correcting “errors, misinterpretations, judgments and falsehoods” perpetrated by the press. Words for all media to consider as we continue our presence in Iraq and the media continues its non-stop assault on our military and its leaders. (The CBS case was settled.)
Although he retired from the military in 1972, Westmoreland continued to visit Vietnam veteran groups throughout the 50 states, and didn’t make a ton of money out of it (the way today’s retired Generals–Powell, Schwartzkopf, and Zinni–do).
General William Westmoreland, a great American.

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3 Responses

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As I recall, TV Guide presented a lengthy refutation of the CBS documentary, but one article cannot compare to the swarming power of multiple blogs demanding answers and exposing falsehoods 24/7.
The difference between 1982 and 9-8-04 is enormous….

The Cassandra Page on July 20, 2005 at 9:41 am

I agree that America lost another great member of our country. I even at young age was shock on how the news defamed a great leader. I to this day am no longer shocked that they continue the practice. People who lay ther life on the line is defamed, but yet child molesters are held in high regards. I pray the Lord will give us at least one great leader like this at least once a year to keep us Americans safe.

biirightforyou on July 20, 2005 at 10:13 am

I had a long conversation with Gen. Westmoreland in 1978. He was a plain, unassuming man, but he was outraged plenty about how the Vietnam War had been lost at home by the mainstream media

exguru on July 23, 2005 at 1:42 pm

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