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Pershing, John Josephlocked

(13 September 1860–15 July 1948)
  • Frank E. Vandiver


Pershing, John Joseph (13 September 1860–15 July 1948), commander of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, was born at Laclede, Missouri, the son of John Frederick Pershing, a storekeeper and railroad worker, and Anne Elizabeth Thompson. After attending the Missouri State Normal School in Kirksville, Pershing became a schoolteacher, but a newspaper notice enticed him to apply for admission to the U.S. Military Academy, which he entered in 1882....

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