General John J. Pershing

Accession number:
1985.03

Maker:
Felix de Weldon
(1907-2003)

Historical period:
ca. 1985

Miltary branch:

Wars and Conflicts:

Type:

Dimensions:
H x W x D: 18 in. / 7 in. / 5 in.

Acquisition date:
1985

Credit line:
Gift of the artist

Location:
,

Provenance:

From 1985: The Army and Navy Club, gift of the artist

Label:

General Pershing was born on a Missouri farm and attended what became Truman State University before graduating from West Point in 1886. He served extensively with the 6th Cavalry and 10th Cavalry Regiments; the latter was one of the original “Buffalo Soldier” regiments. He mentored a generation of Army leaders, including Generals Marshall, Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton. He remains the only U.S. officer promoted to General of the Armies in his own lifetime—equivalent to a six-star general. Felix de Weldon sculpted this statue of General Pershing specifically for the Pershing Room in The Army and Navy Club.