Who Are Some Famous United States Army Generals?


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Some famous United States Army generals are Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton and William T. Sherman. Others include John Pershing and Norman Schwarzkopf.

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U.S. Army generals often become famous for their leadership during a war. For example, Grant and Sherman were successful generals during the Civil War, while Eisenhower, MacArthur and Patton led armies during World War II. MacArthur also served as a general during the Korean War. The fame and respect these generals garnered sometimes led to a career in politics. Both Grant and Eisenhower were elected President of the United States.

Two other well-known American generals were Robert E. Lee and George Washington. Lee served in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of colonel. However, he was not a U.S. Army general. Following the outbreak of the Civil War, he became a general in the Confederate army.

Washington had served as General and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He resigned this position prior to the creation of the U.S. Army. In 1798, following his presidency, Washington received a commission as lieutenant general. In 1978, Congress voted to promote him posthumously to the rank of General of the Armies of the United States.

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