Robert “Bud” McFarlane: “He was a decorated combat veteran who became national security adviser for President Reagan.”

From a Washington Post obit by Jerrold Schecter headlined “Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane, Reagan national security adviser, dies at 84”:

Robert “Bud” McFarlane, a former national security adviser for President Ronald Reagan who was the only official in the Reagan White House to voluntarily accept legal blame in the Iran-contra scandal, died May 12 in Lansing, Mich.

A taciturn retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, Mr. McFarlane worked in the 1970s and 1980s at the nexus of the military and political establishment. He was the son of a congressman, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War.