|Commander in Chief of NATO/Supreme Allied Commander Europe (CINCEUR)|
May 5, 1969 –December 17, 1974
|President||Richard M. Nixon|
|Preceded by||GEN Lyman Lemnitzer|
|Succeeded by||GEN Alexander M. Haig, Jr.|
|Director of the Joint Staff|
August, 1 1966 –March, 31 1967
|President||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Preceded by||LTG David A. Burchinal|
|Succeeded by||LTG Berton E. Spivy|
|Superintendent of the United States Military Academy|
|Preceded by||LTG Sidney Bryan Berry|
|Succeeded by||LTG Willard Warren Scott, Jr.|
|White House Staff Secretary|
October 1954 –January 20, 1961
|Preceded by||Pete Carroll|
|Succeeded by||Bill Hartigan|
|Born||February 12, 1915|
Granite City, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||May 16, 2005 90) (aged|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Dorothy Dulaney Anderson
(m. 1939;his death 2005)
|Education|| United States Military Academy (BS)|
Princeton University (MS, MA, PhD)
|Years of service||1939–1974|
|Commands|| 8th Infantry Division |
Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
|Battles/wars|| World War II |
|Awards|| Distinguished Service Cross |
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Purple Heart (2)
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Andrew Jackson Goodpaster (February 12, 1915 – May 16, 2005) was an American Army General. He served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) from July 1, 1969 and Commander in Chief of the United States European Command (CINCEUR) from May 5, 1969 until his retirement December 17, 1974. As such, he was the commander of all NATO (SACEUR) and United States (CINCEUR) military forces stationed in Europe and the surrounding regions.
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In 1981, when Goodpaster retired for the second time, being advanced back to four-star rank. He stayed active in retirement serving on various boards and working on his own memoirs. He died at age 90 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
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| White House Staff Secretary |
| Supreme Allied Commander Europe |
| Superintendent of the United States Military Academy |