Reports from Saigon say that the United States military commander in South Vietnam, General Creighton Abrams, is expected to give up his post soon.
Reports from Saigon say that the United States military commander in South Vietnam, General Creighton Abrams, is expected to give up his post soon. General Abrams, who is 57, has been dogged by ill health this year.
His successor is almost certain to be General Frederick C. Weyand, the only other four-start American general in South Vietnam. He got his promotion last month.
General Weyand (pronounced eye-und) is a 54-year-old Californian who began his military career at a university officers training unit instead of the West Point Academy, the traditional breeding ground for American army generals.
His present job is presiding over the liquidation of the American presence in South Vietnam. On film he is seen on a typical day's activities in Tay Ninh Province making the rounds of bases which are now in the hands of the Vietnamese.
The general had a distinguished career in the Korean war. In 1962, he was the Pentagon's representative for the Army as they chief liaison officer with Congress in Washington.
In 1968, as the American commander in the Saigon area, he was credited with foreseeing the Vietcong's offensive of that year and blunting the attacks on the city. His critics also claim that in rooting out Communist snipers General Weyand's troops used indiscriminate force in Saigon.
Last year he had a spell as the military adviser to the American delegation to the Vietnam peace talks in Paris before his posting back to his present job in South Vietnam.