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John J. Pershing (1860–1948)

Pershing was born on a farm near Laclede, Missouri, to businessman John Fletcher Pershing and homemaker Ann Elizabeth Thompson. Pershing's great-great-grandfather, Frederick Pershing, whose name originally was Pfersching, emigrated from Alsace, leaving Amsterdam on the ship Jacob, and arriving in Philadelphia on October 2, 1749. Pershing's mother ... See full bio »

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 2017 Black Jack Pershing: Love and War (TV Movie documentary)
WWI General / U.S. Army
 1918 Pershing at Suresnes Cemetery (Documentary short)
 1918 Under Four Flags (Documentary)
 1917 Hearst-Pathé News, No. 53 (Short)
 1917 Hearst-Pathé News, No. 10 (Short)
 1916 Following the Flag (Short)
 1916 Following the Flag in Mexico (Documentary)
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Was the only living person ever to be promoted to the rank of General of the Armies of the United States. This is the equivalent of a six-star general, but Pershing never wore more than four. The rank was created for Gen. George Washington, but he never received it until 1976. He was awarded it posthumously by President Gerald Ford. See more »



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