General Westmoreland's rise through the ranks of the army coincided with television coverage of the Vietnam War in the 1960's, making him one of the most recognized military figures of the 20th century. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, he went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in 17 battle campaigns during three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Promoted to the rank of brigadier general at age 38, he later earned a second star, making him at the time the youngest major general in the U.S. Army. He served as Commander of United States Military Assistance in Vietnam from 1964-68 and Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1968-72. After retiring he returned to his home state and served as Chairman of the Governor's Task Force for Economic Development Growth for South Carolina. For his military service General Westmoreland was honored with 19 United States military decorations and 16 military decorations from foreign counties.