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General William E. DePuyPreparing the Army for Modern War$
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Henry G. Gole

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.001.0001

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(p.143) 11 Vietnam
General William E. DePuy

Henry G. Gole

University Press of Kentucky

Since Bill DePuy was totally engaged in the Vietnam War, he assumed the following positions in theater operations, tactics, and national strategy respectively: J-3, Military Assistance Command, Vietnamese (MACV) from 1964 to 1966; the 1st Infantry Division's commander from 1966 to 1967; and Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities (SACSA), JCS between 1967 and 1969. His personal appreciation of the different events in various war stages developed with his experiences in the field, in Saigon, as well as in Washington. DePuy was well aware of how American opinion regarding the war shifted from ignorance to acceptance to rejection and as such, he was aware also of the policy difference between the officials in Washington and in Vietnam, and Vietnam's military and political conditions.

Keywords:   Vietnam, tactics, theater operations, national strategy, Washington, Saigon, policy difference, military conditions

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