(High Frontier) -- Not quite seventeen, this “soldier’s soldier” volunteered to become a Minnesota National Guardsman and received an Anzio battlefield commission in World War II and the Army’s second highest medal for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, in Viet Nam. He led the U.S. and U.N. Forces in Korea and opposed withdrawing U.S. Forces which cost him the Army Chief of Staff post under President Jimmie Carter—an implicit rebuke cast aside when President Ronald Reagan appointed him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and after his retirement and return to Minnesota into other important posts. President George H.W. Bush awarded Gen. Vessey the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. A life of service with unquestionable integrity.
I’d suggest that you read the Washington Post (Click here.), New York Times (Click here.) and Denver Post (Click here.) for more details and well justified expansive kudos regarding General Vessey’s most impressive career. But these well-articulated reviews treat at best lightly one of his most important contributions, at least from my perspective — his key role in gaining the Joint Chiefs’ undivided support for Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).