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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Alexander Haig 1924-2010

Alexander Haig December 2, 1924-February 20, 2010

Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr. was a decorated war hero, military commander, four-star General, statesman, a valiant supporter of Israel. He was the unsuccessful conservative alternative to George H. W. Bush in the Republican primary in 1988. His civilian life included being one of the founding board members of America Online and involvement in business education seminars and being the host of World Business Review.

His memoirs are published in "Inner Circles: How America Changed the World".

He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1947 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army, serving in Japan with the 1st Cavalry Division and on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur, in the Korean War with the X Corps and as aide to Lieutenant General Edward M. (Ned) Almond, and in Europe. He served in the Pentagon from 1962-1965 and in Vietnam in 1966-1967 as battalion and brigade commander, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism.

Among his many other military decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple heart, and decorations from Belgium, the Federal Republic of Germany, Morocco, France, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Portugal. 

His was a life well-lived and we are poorer without him in it.

May he Rest in Peace.