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John J. Pershing, General, ca 1920-1950.
Military hero General John J. Pershing

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John J. Pershing Died
July 15, 1948

John J. Pershing fought the American Indians, chased Pancho Villa into Mexico, and molded the American troops into a fighting army during World War I. When he died on July 15, 1948, he was given a hero's burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Born in Laclede, Missouri, on September 13, 1860, Pershing was the oldest of six children. His mother taught him at home, where he developed a love of learning. How did Pershing become a military hero?

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