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Artist:
Stan Wayman, 1927 - 1973  Search this
Sitter:
William Childs Westmoreland, 26 Mar 1914 - 18 Jul 2005  Search this
Medium:
Color photograph on paper
Dimensions:
Sight: 25.4 x 20.3cm (10 x 8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
Date:
1967
Exhibition Label:
A by-the-book, spit-and-polish career army officer, William Westmoreland earned distinction in both World War II and Korea, so his combination of combat experience and political savvy made him the logical commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam. But while Westmoreland presided over America's escalation of the war from 1964 to 1968, his military abilities became overshadowed by the politicization of the war. In fighting against a skillful enemy and waging a war whose goals, both military and political, were ill-defined, Westmoreland contributed to the domestic "credibility gap" by giving relentlessly upbeat progress reports, even as casualties mounted and troop levels grew from 100,000 to 500,000. He was replaced after the 1968 Tet Offensive, when a North Vietnamese attack on South Vietnam's cities shook American confidence in the war effort. Westmoreland subsequently served as army chief of staff from 1968 to 1972.
Topic:
Symbols & Motifs\Medal  Search this
Interior  Search this
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone  Search this
Architecture\Building\Capitol\US Capitol  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
William Childs Westmoreland: Male  Search this
William Childs Westmoreland: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
William Childs Westmoreland: Military\Army\Officer\Joint Chiefs of Staff  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number:
NPG.78.TC809
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm423ad7da4-2b57-42df-bead-1671b5ed668c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.78.TC809