Pictures of The Top Military Leadership
They broke the mold back then, when 9 individuals
were selected for promotion to 5 star rank; none
since have been elevated to the grade. Two bills (H.R. 1052 on 2/21/91and H.R. 1225 on 3/4/91) were
introduced to Congress to raise Schwartzkopf and Powell to General-Of-The-Army grade. Those bills
were quickly rebuffed by the Armed Forces Subcommittee. There were two higher ranks above 5 stars:
First, General-of-the-Armies John J. Pershing was a 6 Star rank by Congress, however, he chose only
to wear 4 stars. Secondly, George Washington was post-humously elevated above all military ranks,
past, present, and future, as Commander in Chief of all Armed Forces.
Historically, there was another General of the Army or
two like Ulyses S. Grant, however they were not
5 starred grades. Below are photos found throughout the web of these Officers:
Highest Ranked was General-of-the-Armies
John J. "Black Jack" Pershing
Dwight David (Ike) Eisenhower
Source: "Army Signal Corps"
George Catlett Marshall
Source: "World Wide Photos"
Only Officer to be BOTH General of the Army AND General of the Air Force!
5 Star Officers sign the Japan Surrender!!
Fleet Admiral Nimitz pictured signing Japanese Surrender
Standing is General-of-the-Army Douglas MacArthur, and
Fleet Admiral William "Bull" Halsey
Source: The Supreme Allied Command provided all WW2 Veterans this photo, My Father included :)
5-Star Naval Officers - Fleet Admirals:
Here are the Top Four of The U.S. Navy in WW2:
Check out this scan from Fleet Admiral Leahy's Book," I was There"
Source: Naval Historical Center
Top Brass Picture: shows all 10 Leaders 5 star and above :)
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