I have to tell you frankly that when I served in Vietnam ('72), General Westmoreland was not very well regarded. He was seen as a "political" general in the mould of Maxwell Taylor (and subsequently), Alexander Haig, Colin Powell and Hugh Shelton. He certainly deserves respect for his service in the Airborne in WWII. To me he will always be something of a victim, Lyndon Johnson's spear catcher, the guy who was left to make the optimistic statements that were always "overcome by events". He was the subject of ridicule by the MSM, and he received absolutely no support from the Robert Strange MacNamaras and the Clark Cliffords who were only too happy to let "Westy" take the shots for bone-headed policies and strategies that emanated from the SECDEF's office.
Because Sacrifice begets Sacrifice:
MEL's -PASSION- sparked by -WE WERE SOLDIERS-