TIL in 1976, George Washington was posthumously promoted to the rank of General of the Armies of the United States, the highest rank in the United States Army. The only other person to ever hold this rank was John J. Pershing, the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during WW1.

Read more: https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/john-j-pershing

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  1. Washington was promoted as part of the Bicentennial celebration. Pershing never wore more than four stars.

    Also, General of the Armies of the United States (Washington’s rank) is not the same as General of the Armies (Pershing’s rank). Washington outranks all other military members.

  2. What??? The article says nothing about Washington being posthumously promoted in 1976. It specifically says when Pershing was promoted he was the second after Washington.

    From the article: “When Pershing returned home, Congress made him only the second person (after George Washington) to be honored with the rank of “General of the Armies of the United States.””

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