If ever a man lived up to his family motto, the comte de Rochambeau was that man: “To Live and Die as a Gallant Knight.” In providential parlance, Rochambeau was the right man in the right spot at the right time, to enable the United States to win independence from Great Britain. Without his leadership, sense of protocol, experience and commitment to duty, General George Washington’s final campaign would likely have come to naught, with fatal consequences to the new Republic.