The Dutch Minister of Defense has knighted GEN David Petraeus, USA (Ret) at the Hague. There are several Orders of Knighthood in the Netherland, some the responsibility of the Ministry, others solely the purview of the Crown. Though there are no details yet, it is likely GEN Petraeus was Knighted into the Military William Order, the Order of the Netherlands Lion or the Order of Orange Nassau. As the Military William Order (the highest honor the Dutch can give) and Order of Orange Nassau are the two military decorations it is likely one of these. The motto of the Military William Order is Vor Moed, Beleid en Trouw, or “For Bravery, Leadership and Loyalty”; there are seven levels of the Order of Orange Nassau. Both are open to foreigners. We’ll have to see which one GEN Petraeus earned.
Sir David Petraeus, GEN USA (Ret)