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Brigadier General Desobry on Vietnam War (1968)


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  •  From 1969 to 1971, then Major General William Desobry served as the Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood. He retired from the United States Army in 1975 as a Lieutenant General after 34 years of service. Desobry died in San Antonio on January 12, 1996. He is buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.  
  •  Attacks on the South Vietnamese city of Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, were part of the Tet Offensive conducted by North Vietnamese forces 
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In this news segment for Houston’s KPRC-TV, Brigadier General William Desobry evaluates the state of the Vietnam War. At the time of this interview on June 28, 1968, Desobry had recently finished a two-year tour as Senior Advisor tot he ARVN IV Corps in Vietnam and was then serving as the Director of Army Operations. Despite Desobry’s optimism, 1968 was less a turning point signaling American military success and more an indication of growing public opposition. After years of extensive military aid with little progress, more and more Americans began to doubt the federal government’s assurances of victory.