Wesley Clark

Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Lifetime Achievement Award during the General Session of the National Convention on Thursday morning, July 18.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1966, he studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. He served in the Vietnam War from May 1969 to February 1970 as the commanding officer of a 1st Infantry Division mechanized infantry company. His tour ended after he was shot four times in a firefight, an engagement for which he received a Bronze Star and a Silver Star, as well as the Purple Heart. After the war, he served as a White House fellow in the Ford Administration in 1975-76.

In the 1990s he commanded the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, served as the lead military negotiator for the Bosnian Peace Accords in 1995, then was Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Southern Command in Panama, and of the U.S. European Command. His final military assignment was as NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe from 1997-2000, where he led where he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

After retiring from the Army as a four-star general n 2000, Gen. Clark has been an investment banker, businessman, TV commentator, teacher, and author. His books include Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat and A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor, Country.

His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, honorary knighthoods from the U.K. and the Netherlands, and the award of Commander of the Legion of Honor from France.

Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Lifetime Achievement Award during the General Session of the National Convention on Thursday morning, July 18.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1966, he studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. He served in the Vietnam War from May 1969 to February 1970 as the commanding officer of a 1st Infantry Division mechanized infantry company. His tour ended after he was shot four times in a firefight, an engagement for which he received a Bronze Star and a Silver Star, as well as the Purple Heart. After the war, he served as a White House fellow in the Ford Administration in 1975-76.

In the 1990s he commanded the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, served as the lead military negotiator for the Bosnian Peace Accords in 1995, then was Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Southern Command in Panama, and of the U.S. European Command. His final military assignment was as NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe from 1997-2000, where he led where he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

After retiring from the Army as a four-star general n 2000, Gen. Clark has been an investment banker, businessman, TV commentator, teacher, and author. His books include Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat and A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor, Country.

His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, honorary knighthoods from the U.K. and the Netherlands, and the award of Commander of the Legion of Honor from France.