Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, who commanded the Iraq War strategy has passed away on Friday 8 October 2021, at the age of 67.
According to Lt. Col. Terence M. Kelly, army spokesman, he died of cancer in October 2021.
Lt. Col. Terence M. Kelly released a statement from the Odierno family confirming his death.
“It is with deep regret that I can confirm the death of General Raymond T. Odierno on October 8th, 2021,” the Odierno family statement reads. “The general died after a brave battle with cancer; his death was not related to COVID. There are no other details to share at this time.”
“His family is grateful for the concern and asks for privacy. Funeral service and interment information are not yet available.”
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement Saturday following Odierno’s death, “We can think of no person who better encapsulated that basic creed of duty, honor, country than General Ray Odierno. He made our entire nation better, stronger, and more secure.”
Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who served with Odierno in Iraq, made a statement concerning Odierno’s death, “There are few times when you run into people as dependable, as values-based, and as courageous as Ray Odierno. And he was physically a mountain of a man, and emotionally he was a rock many of us moored ourselves to.”
Obama released a statement Saturday expressing sadness about Odierno’s passing.
“As President, I relied on Ray’s deep knowledge, steady leadership, and strong judgment. It’s why I trusted him to help come up with the plan to withdraw U.S. combat forces from Iraq and to execute it in a way that kept our forces and the Iraqi people safe,” the former President said.
About Gen. Raymond Odierno
Odierno was born in Rockaway, New Jersey, and graduated from West Point.
Raymond Odierno, who served the military for more than 37 years retired in 2015. He is involved in the deployments to Europe and three tours to Iraq.
He commanded the 4th Infantry Division from October 2001 to June 2004, leading the division at the start of the Iraq War.
As Odierno’s first tour in Iraq came to an end, his son Army Capt. Tony Odierno was severely injured there. While on patrol in Baghdad in August 2004, Tony Odierno’s Humvee was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, resulting in his loss of an arm.
From 2006 to 2008, Odierno then went back to Iraq as the operational commander of the surge of forces, in charge of stopping Iraq’s brutal insurgency and helping Iraqi troops take over their country’s security.
He later served as the commanding general for the Multi-National Force in Iraq, subsequently the US Forces – Iraq, from September 2008 until September 2010.
Odierno is survived by his wife Linda Odierno and their three children, including retired Capt. Tony Odierno.