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Passing of A Giant: GEN Richard E. Cavazos

Last Sunday, GEN Richard Cavazos was exfil'd in order to continue the mission in Valhalla. He was 88.

GEN Cavazos served in the US Army from 1951 to 1984. Bean counters will talk about him being the first Latino to earn four stars. What really matters is that he was a stellar officer and leader, who cared deeply for the mission and the men he led.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross w/ OLC, the Silver Star w/ OLC, the...well, I guess I can just stop with those four awards. He earned his second DSC as a Battalion Commander, at Loc Ninh, RVN, 30 Oct 67.

The Distinguished Service Cross (First Oak Leaf Cluster) is presented to Richard E. Cavazos, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, 3d Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. Lieutenant Colonel Cavazos distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 30 October 1967 while, as battalion commander, he led his unit on a search and destroy operation in a large rubber plantation near Loc Ninh. One of his companies was making a reconnaissance when it suddenly began receiving heavy fire from a Viet Cong battalion in well-entrenched positions on the slope of a hill. Colonel Cavazos immediately led his other elements forward and engaged the enemy forces as they began assaulting the company. Constantly exposed to savage hostile fire and shrapnel from exploding grenades, he moved among his troops directing a counterattack. As the Viet Cong broke contact and fled to their fortified positions on the hillside, Colonel Cavazos called for air strikes and artillery fire on the crest and forward slopes of the hill in order to cut off the insurgents' line of retreat. When the fighting reached such close quarters that supporting fire could no longer be used, he completely disregarded his own safety and personally led a determined assault on the enemy positions. The assault was carried out with such force and aggressiveness that the Viet Cong were overrun and fled their trenches. Colonel Cavazos then directed artillery fire on the hilltop, and the insurgents were destroyed as they ran. His brilliant leadership in the face of grave danger resulted in maximum enemy casualties and the capture of many hostile weapons. Lieutenant Colonel Cavazos' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.[8]

Rest easy, Sir. You earned it.
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He was FORSCOM CDR when we went to Grenada, he came and spoke at our dining out a month or so after. I remember he said he "had always said if he ever had to sent troops into battle and couldn't go with them it was time to retire, and I submitted my letter of resignation." RIP sir, a great American!
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GEN Richard E. Cavazos was the 9th IN Div Commander back in the late 70s. He had his hands full with all the stuff that was going on at Fort Lewis. I remember doing a BN Run and running past his Quarters, that only happened once.
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As 9th ID CG, he used to tell a few educational war stories (as generals are want to do) when meeting with units. Talking to 2/75, he told us this one:

In Korea, as a company commander, he tasked a platoon leader to take a night patrol out and capture a prisoner. Higher HQ wanted one to interrogate about enemy dispositions. The LT took out a fire team, encountered a likely victim, but opened fire and killed that guy. They got panicky and failed to capture anyone alive. Miffed at the outcome, Cavazos directed that the same element would go out the next night... with Cavazos accompanying. He would show them how to do it.

They passed through the FFL, occupied a small ambush position in the snow adjacent to enemy lines... and waited. Sure enough, later that night, in the reflected moonlight, Cavazos looked up from his prone position and stared straight at the face of a Chinese Soldier standing over him. Just a few feet away.

Startled, Cavazos aimed the captured PPSH-41 SMG he was carrying that night... and promptly emptied his entire magazine into that Chinese Soldier. After killing the guy, they hauled ass for friendly lines.

His point was that leaders need to be careful about casually issuing orders and expecting things to happen in a mechanical manner. Especially where great adrenaline and fear are involved. Always carefully consider the psychology of small groups in dangerous situations. An order that looks simple back in the TOC... may not be so easy to accomplish out on the ground. Not without a lot more prep, rehearsals, and warm bodies.

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before his delicious warm dinner or before he will have a very, very good night sleep?


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