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Shalikashvili put family first, son says

Sun., Aug. 7, 2011

Pentagon’s first foreign-born leader remembered in Tacoma

TACOMA – The son of the four-star general who rose to the top job in the Pentagon where he advised President Bill Clinton over military involvement worldwide remembered him as a loving father who always put his family first, no matter the state of the world.

Brent Shalikashvili spoke about retired Army Gen. John Shalikashvili during a memorial service Saturday in Tacoma. KING-TV reported that dignitaries from around the world also paid their respects to the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Shalikashvili died at 75 from complications of a stroke two weeks ago at Madigan Army Hospital in Washington state. He will be buried Oct. 7 at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was from Poland, becoming the first foreign-born leader of the Pentagon.

He oversaw more than 40 operations, including Haiti, Rwanda, Bosnia and the Persian Gulf.


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