What does an undeniable patriot say? Retired Four-star Army General Barry McCaffrey, a top military commander in the Persian Gulf War. recently wrote this tweet. McCaffrey received three Purple Heart medals, two Silver Stars and and two Distinguished Service Crosses for his combat duty in Vietnam. He was highly respected as a leader during the Presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush (who enlisted Dick Cheney to serve as Defense Secretary) and Bill Clinton.