Frederick C. Weyand was born on September 15, 1916, in Arbuckle, California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1939 and joined the army, serving in the Burma area during World War II and as an infantry officer in Korea. In 1966, Weyand took command of the 25th Infantry Division, and early in 1967 he became head of II Field Force Vietnam. Weyand left Vietnam in 1968, spent some time as a military adviser to the Paris peace negotiations in 1969, and in 1970 returned to Vietnam as Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) deputy commander. In June 1972, he replaced General Crieghton Abrams as MACV commander and presided over the American withdrawal from South Vietnam. Weyand became army chief of staff in 1974 and retired from active duty in 1976.