JOHN J. PERSHING
John J. Pershing
Signed card by one of America's most accomplished generals, "John J. Pershing" in brown fountain ink on 2.5" x 4" beige card.
John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (1860-1948) was a general officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Pershing is the only person to be promoted in his own life time to the highest rank ever held in the United States Army-General of the Armies (a retroactive Congressional edict passed in 1976 promoted George Washington to the same rank but with higher seniority).
Pershing holds the first United States officer service number (O-1). He was regarded as a mentor by the generation of American generals who led the United States Army in Europe during World War II, including George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, and George S. Patton.