On This Day

John J. Pershing

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing

Profession: US WW1 Commander

United States of America

Why Famous: Led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I and the only person to be promoted in his own lifetime to the highest rank ever held in the US Army.

Born: September 13, 1860
Birthplace: Laclede, Missouri, USA
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: July 15, 1948 (aged 87)
Cause of Death: Coronary artery disease

Married Life

  • 1905-01-26 General officer John J. Pershing (44) weds Helen Frances

Historical Events

  • 1917-02-05 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year
  • 1917-05-18 First units of the American Expeditionary Force, commanded by General John J. Pershing, is ordered to France
  • 1919-09-10 NYC welcomes home General John J. Pershing and 25,000 WWI soldiers

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