News reports are coming out that General Alexander Haig has died. Haig was a central figure in American life in my formative years. Hate him or love him, Haig was a powerful voice for America and American values.
Alexander Haig, the former military officer, secretary of state and adviser to presidents, died Saturday, a Johns Hopkins Medical Center spokesman said.
Haig, 85, was admitted to the Baltimore, Maryland, hospital on January 28, hospital spokesman Gary Stephenson said.
Haig was a top official in the administrations of three presidents — Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.
Haig became supreme allied commander over NATO forces in Europe until 1979. Haig ran an unsuccessful bid for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.
Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. was born December 2, 1924, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He attended the University of Notre Dame for two years before transferring to the U.S. Military Academy in 1944. After his graduation in 1947, he served in Japan. He later served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff in Japan during the Korean War.
RIP Alexander Haig.