US President Joe Biden mourned the death of the retired general on Saturday Raymond Odierno, one of the most renowned commanders of the US troops in Iraq, whom he described as a hero.
“Today is a sad day for our nation. We have lost a hero of great integrity and honor, ”Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, said in a statement released by the White House.
Odierno died Friday at age 67 of cancer, according to a statement from his family released by Army spokesman Lt. Col. Terence M. Kelly.
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Odierno’s family did not share further details and indicated that the information on the burial and burial “are not available.”
Born in Rockaway (New Jersey), Odierno became a four-star general in the U.S. Army and retired in 2015.
He was commander-in-chief of the forces of USA in Iraq between 2018 and 2010, a position he assumed after being the number two in the military command in that country and leading the IV Infantry Division there during the US invasion in March 2003.
Odierno, with a strong build and a shaved head, was in command when the special corps of the IV Division captured the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, at the end of 2003.
Biden and his wife noted that in his “nearly four decades of service” he helped the United States Army “become the modern fighting force it is today – an Army, in Odierno’s words, that is’ admired and deeply respected by our allies’ and ‘feared by our adversaries’ ”.
In addition to serving in Germany, Albania, Kuwait and Iraq, Odierno led the Joint Forces Command between October 2010 and August 2011, and subsequently became, in September 2011, Chief of the Army General Staff.
The presidential couple declared themselves eternally grateful for Odierno’s words during the funeral of Beau Biden, Biden’s son who died in 2015 of a brain tumor, and who was posthumously awarded a military award, the “Legion of Merit,” for his uniformed career and service in Iraq.
A Odierno He is survived by his wife, Linda, their three children – one of them, also a military man, a survivor of a grenade attack in Iraq that caused the amputation of an arm – and four grandchildren.