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Pancho Villa, Alvaro Obregon and John J. Pershing
General Pershing with Pancho Villa before Villa became an enemy of the United States

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John J. Pershing Died
July 15, 1948

President Wilson sent Pershing after Pancho Villa, the Mexican bandit who had been making murderous raids across the border into the United States. For nine months, Pershing and his troops chased the elusive Villa through Mexico. Although Pershing never caught Villa, Wilson was impressed with the way the general handled his command in a foreign country.

When the U.S. entered World War I, Wilson appointed Pershing commander of the American Expeditionary Forces to Europe. Before his death in 1948, Pershing's brilliant military career earned him the title of General of the Armies of the United States. He was the first general awarded the title since George Washington.

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