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Who are some famous alumni of West Point?

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Famous alumni of West Point include Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Pershing, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Michael Collins and H. Norman Schwarzkopf. West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, is a four-year institution to which applicants must be nominated in order to be admitted.

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Ulysses S. Grant, a member of the West Point class of 1843, served as commanding general of the Union Armies during the Civil War. As the 18th president of the United States, he served two terms from 1869 to 1877.

The president of the class of 1886, John J. Pershing went on to serve in World War I as the commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. He was Army chief of staff from 1921 to 1924.

Dwight D. Eisenhower graduated from West Point in 1915. He was the supreme commander of the Allied Forces during World War II, the Army chief of staff from 1945 to 1948 and a five-star general. After a brief stint as the president of Columbia University, he became a two-term president of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

Michael Collins, a member of the class of 1952 and an astronaut from 1964 to 1970, flew the command module during the first manned lunar landing in 1969. He later served as director of the National Air and Space Museum.

A 1956 West Point graduate, H. Norman Schwarzkopf was commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command from 1988 to 1991. The four-star general led Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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