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Creighton Abrams

General Creighton W. Abrams
Personal information
NameCreighton Williams Abrams Jr.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Years of service1936-1974
Commands held37th Tank Battalion
Combat Command B, 4th Armored Division
63rd Tank Battalion
2d Armored Cavalry Regiment
3rd Armored Division
V Corps
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
U.S. Army Chief of Staff
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
AwardsDistinguished Service Cross (2)
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star with V device

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Creighton Williams Abrams Jr. (September 15, 1914 � September 4, 1974) was a general in the United States Army who commanded military operations in the Vietnam War from 1968 � 72 which saw U.S. troop strength in Vietnam fall from a peak of 543,000 to 49,000. He served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1972 until shortly before his death in 1974. In honor of Abrams, the U.S. Army named the XM1 main battle tank the M1 Abrams. The IG Farben building was also named after him from 1975 to 1995.

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