Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, a New Jersey national and former army chief, who led a successful “development” that changed the tide of war and American public opinion in the Iraq war, died Friday at the age of 67.
“The commander-in-chief died after a brutal battle with cancer; His death had nothing to do with COVID, ”said a family spokesman. No other statements were made.
The US military said the officer had a long record and made several overseas trips.
“In his more than 36 years of military service, he has commanded teams on a case-by-case basis, from the club to theaters, and has served in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq and other US countries,” the report said.
Odierno, who rose to the rank of four-year-old star, made three career trips to Iraq and it was under his command that the 4th Infantry Division took on Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003.
“He was treated like a rat,” Odierno said prominently, during one of the American signature post-9/11 military clashes.
“He was at the bottom of the pit with no way to defend himself,” Odierno, a former army chief, told reporters around the world, as images were being circulated around the world of a feared former dictator being dragged out of hiding by US troops.
Odierno was born September 8, 1954, in Rockaway Township, NJ, the son of a World War II Army sergeant and mother. A high school star player, the 6-foot-5-inch Odierno played all baseball football at the US Military Academy. He graduated from West Point in 1976.
Odierno was indicted by Bush administration in 2007 for ordering an alleged “increase” in the Iraq war.
The rapid deployment of tens of thousands of additional troops has shown success in controlling the violence in Iraq and reducing the American genocide and elevating Odierno’s image in the military and international forces.
He gained another international fame in 2008, after replacing Gen. David Petraeus as the commander of the international forces in Iraq.
Odierno was known within the military circle for his deep devotion to those troops and troops, and their families, who were killed and wounded in serving their country.
“Ray strongly believes that soldiers are not in the War, they are the Army,” Secretary of the Army John McHugh said at a ceremony for Odierno in retirement in 2105, he told the Army Times. “It has always been his number 1 job to serve them well and to serve them with dignity. Whether it is fighting in Tikrit or visiting the hospital bed at Walter Reed, he is guided by a quick mind, stiff hands and the soul of a slave. ”
Odierno is survived by his wife Linda, whom he met in high school, as well as their three children, including retired Capt Tony Odierno, a war veteran, and their families.