September 13

Published in On this Day listing

  • 1860 John ‘Black Jack’ Pershing, leader of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I who was regarded as a mentor by the generation of US generals who led US forces in Europe during World War II, was born in Laclede, Missouri. He was the only person to be promoted in his own lifetime to the highest rank ever held in the United States Army—General of the Armies.
  • 1803 County Wexford-born Commodore John Barry, ‘Father of the American Navy’, died in Philadelphia.
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