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Vietnam commander Gen. Frederick Weyand dies at 93

HONOLULU - Former Army Chief of Staff Frederick C. Weyand, the last commander of U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War, has died. He was 93.

Weyand died of natural causes Wednesday night at a retirement residence in Honolulu, stepdaughter Laurie Foster said.

The general oversaw the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from South Vietnam before becoming the Army's chief of staff in 1974. He retired from active service in 1976.

Born in Arbuckle, Calif., in 1916, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1939. During World War II, Weyand was an intelligence officer, serving in India, China and Burma, now Myanmar. He commanded an infantry battalion in the Korean War.

In 1964, Weyand assumed command of the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and took it to Vietnam.

His military honors and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Legion of Merit.

During his retirement years, Weyand volunteered with numerous organizations, including the Honolulu Symphony and the Rotary Club of Honolulu. Survivors include Weyand's wife, Mary, three children and four stepchildren.- AP

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