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Alexander M. Haig, General, United States Army: RIP(age 85)

General Alexander M. Haig, United State Army, died today at age 85,  from Mark Feeney, Boston Globe [1]:

Alexander M. Haig Jr., who as secretary of state declared “I’m in control here” when Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981, and as White House chief of staff seven years earlier was so much in control as to be effectively running the government during the final days of the Nixon administration, died today of complications from an infection, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he was surrounded by his family, according to two of his children, Alexander and Barbara.


After serving on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur in occupied Japan, General Haig saw combat in Korea, taking part in the Inchon landing, and earning his first military decorations. General Haig was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 23 oak leaf clusters, and Purple Heart (for an eye wound suffered in Vietnam).