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General William Westmoreland Interview (1980)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-08-22

Duration: 00:06:40

Subjects: Westmoreland, William C. (William Childs), 1914-2005 | Veterans | Military | Vietnam War


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Westmoreland, William Interviewee


This segment from the August 22, 1980, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an interview with retired General William Westmoreland, a commander of American forces during the Vietnam War and a former Army Chief of Staff. He discusses the difficulty of performing national defense in a presidential election year, the Vietnam War as an idealistic war and a turning point in history, military service as an obligation of citizenship, and enjoying the freedom to speak his mind. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome