Raymond T. Odierno, a retired Army general who commanded US and coalition forces in Iraq at the height of the war, has died at the age of 67, his family said Saturday. Odierno served 39 years in the military, with his last position as army chief of staff.
“The General died after a brave fight against cancer; his death was not COVID-related,” the family statement said. “No other details will be shared at this time. The family is very grateful for the attention and requested privacy.”
Odierno died on Friday (8/9); his family refused to say where he breathed his last.
President Joe Biden hailed Odierno as “a hero of great integrity and honor.” In a joint statement, the president and First Lady Jill Biden recalled that Odierno had spoken at the funeral of their son Beau, who served under Odierno in Iraq and died of brain cancer in 2015.
“Ray is a huge figure in military circles — dedicated especially to the soldiers he commands and assists,” the Biden pair said.
Information regarding Odierno’s funeral is not yet available. [vm/ah]