Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam
Military historian Lewis Sorley recouneds the career of General William Westmorland, who led American forces in the Vietnam War from 1964-1968. Mr. Sorley recounted General Westmorland’s service prior to Vietnam, from his participation in World War II and the Korean War to his appointment as superintendent at West Point. The author contended that General Westmoreland’s skillful self-promotion allowed him to assume leadership positions in the military that he was not qualified to maintain. Mr. Sorley focused on General Westmoreland’s tactics during the Vietnam War and argued that the war may have been won if not for Westmoreland’s poor decisions. Lewis Sorley responded to questions from members of the audience at the noon National Archives Experience in Washington, D.C. close
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