Col. William Westmoreland — nickname: “Westie”
Born 1914, William Westmoreland was just a year older than René. A graduate of West Point in 1936, Westmoreland served in the 9th Infantry Division during World War II. He commanded the 34th Field Artillery Battalion in Tunisia and Sicily and in 1944 was appointed Chief of Staff of the 9th Infantry Division when it was in France and Germany. After World War II, he continued his illustrious military career, including commands in Korea and Vietnam. He retired in 1972 as a Four Star General, and passed away in 2005 at the age of 91.