RARE 1948 "A Great American" Gen. Pershing Memorial Pinback 1.75"

RARE 1948 "A Great American" Gen. Pershing Memorial Pinback 1.75"

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This beautiful 1.75" greytone celluloid pinback button depicts a Lady Liberty figure draped in the American flag, holding a portrait of General John J. Pershing, with the slogan "A Great American" at the bottom. It also has "© H. R. F." on the bottom edge of the pinback. This is a pin produced after World War II honoring General John J Pershing at the time of his death.
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This is a pin produced after World War II honoring General John J Pershing at the time of his death. This memorial pinback uses an image that originally appeared in the 1941 book titled "A Great American: A Tribute to General John Joseph Pershing". It is a white, gray, and black pinback style pin which depicts the statue of liberty holding an image of General Pershing in her hand. There is a building in the background, and underneath the statue of liberty is a banner which reads "A Great American". On the bottom rim of the pin it shows a copyright mark and then H.R.F. This pin is slightly larger than most. The pin is 1 3/4" but I will verify that soon. This beautiful 1.75" greytone celluloid pinback button depicts a Lady Liberty figure draped in the American flag, holding a portrait of General John J. Pershing, with the slogan "A Great American" at the bottom. It also has "© H. R. F." on the bottom edge of the pinback.

John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing GCB (September 13, 1860 - July 15, 1948) was an officer in the United States Army. Pershing is the only person, while still alive, to rise to the highest rank ever held in the United States Army--General of the Armies--equivalent only to the posthumous rank of George Washington. Pershing led the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and was regarded as a mentor by the generation of American generals who led the United States Army in Europe during World War II, including George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George S. Patton.... In January 1914, Pershing was assigned to command the Army 8th Brigade in Fort Bliss, Texas, responsible for security along the U.S.-Mexico border. In March 1916, under the command of General Frederick Funston, Pershing led the 8th Brigade on the failed 1916-17 Punitive Expedition into Mexico in search of the revolutionary leader Pancho Villa.... Following America's entrance into the war, Wilson named Pershing to command, a post which he retained until 1918. Pershing, who was a major general, was promoted to full general (the first since Philip Sheridan in 1888) in the National Army, and was made responsible for the organization, training, and supply of a combined professional and draft Army and National Guard force that eventually grew from 27,000 inexperienced men to two armies (a third was forming as the war ended) totaling over two million soldiers.... In 1919, in recognition of his distinguished service during World War I, the U.S. Congress authorized the President to promote Pershing to General of the Armies of the United States, the highest rank possible for any member of the United States armed forces and was created especially for him and one that only he held at the time (General George Washington was posthumously promoted to this rank by President Gerald Ford in 1976). Pershing was authorized to create his insignia for the new rank, and chose to wear four gold stars for the rest of his career, which separated him from the four (temporary) silver stars worn by Army Chiefs of Staff, and even the five star General of the Army insignia worn by Marshall, MacArthur, Bradley, Eisenhower, and H. 'Hap' Arnold in World War II (Pershing outranked them all). T was a movement to make Pershing President of the United States in 1920, but he refused to actively campaign. In a newspaper article, he said that he "wouldn't decline to serve" if the people wanted him and this made front page headlines. Though Pershing was a Republican, many of his party's leaders considered him too closely tied to the policies of the Democratic Party's President Wilson. The Republican nomination went to Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio, who won the 1920 presidential election.

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