1996 Wonderland Warriors

William Westmoreland, Pitching Coach

William Westmoreland
General, U.S. Army
Born 1914

William Childs Westmoreland was born in South Carolina on March 26, 1914. He is probably most well known as the controversial commander of the military assistance forces, Vietnam (MACV) from 1964-1968.

General Westmoreland graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1936 and participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. Westmoreland also served in the Korean War (1950-1952). After a three year assignment as the superintendent of West Point (1960-1963), he took command of the 20,000 U.S. troops then in Vietnam. This was mid-1964. By the time Westmoreland left Vietnam in mid-1968, over 500,000 soliders were in country and a serious domestic crisis over the United States' effort in Southeast Asia was occuring.

After his departure from Vietnam, Westmoreland became the Army's Chief of Staff, a position he held from 1968 until his retirement from the Army in 1972. In 1974 he made an unsuccessful bid for the governorship of South Carolina. In 1976 he published a memoir, A Soldier Reports. In 1982 Westmoreland initiated a law suit against the CBS television network. He claimed CBS had lied about his conduct while commanding the troops in Vietnam. Westmoreland dropped the suit on February 13, 1985, after 18 weeks of trial.

In a poll of historians published in November, 1995, Westmoreland was ranked as the second worst commander in the 20th century. His legacy of leadership, needless to say, is problematic and complicated.


Westmoreland on the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial

Comments by General Westmoreland at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial website.

William Westmoreland

YEAR  TEAM     POS     BA   AB   H   HR RBI
1991 Warriors of     .244   677 165  22  96
1992 Warriors cf     .271   251  68   3  22
1993 Warriors cf     .235   362  85   8  30
1994 Warriors cf     .261   368  96  10  50
1995 Warriors of     .168   469  79   0  26
Total for 5 Seasons  .232  2127 493  43 224
Note: Westmoreland was named the Warriors' pitching coach at the conclusion of the 1995 Season.

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Published: August 31, 1996
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