Full Name: Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau
Profession: Military Leader
Why Famous: Rochambeau played a significant role in assisting the Thirteen Colonies win independence as the United States in the American Revolutionary War.
He commanded the French Expeditionary Force that arrived in America in 1780. Together with George Washington he lead the Siege of Yorktown, securing the surrender of the British forces under Captain Charles Cornwallis and ending the war.
- 1780-07-10 The comte de Rochambeau and his French force of 7,000 land at Newport, Rhode Island, to join the American Revolutionary War
- 1781-10-06 Americans under George Washington and the French under comte de Rochambeau begin the siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown; last battle of American Revolutionary War
- 1781-10-19 British forces under General Charles Cornwallis sign terms of surrender to George Washington and comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown at 2 pm; US Revolutionary War ends
- 1781-12-28 Comte de Rochambeau and Nicolas Luckner are the last generals to be made Marshal of France by Louis XVI before the Revolution