Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair With Ill. Ties Has Died
SEATTLE (AP/KMOX) — The White House says retired Army Gen. John Shalikashvili, the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who counseled President Bill Clinton on the use of troops in Bosnia and other trouble spots, has died. He was 75.
Shalikashvili suffered a severe stroke on August 2004 that paralyzed his left side, and he underwent grueling physical therapy.
The native of Poland held the top military job at the Pentagon in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1997, when the general retired from the Army.
Shalikashvili’s family immigrated to Peoria, Illinois when he was 16. He attended Peoria High School, then earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University in 1958.
Shalikashvili spent his later years living in Fort Lewis, Wash.
President Clinton pointed out that “Gen. Shali” made the recommendations that sent U.S. troops into harm’s way in Haiti, Rwanda, Bosnia, the Persian Gulf and a host of other world hotspots.
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