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The Class the Stars Fell On

The West Point graduating class of 1915 numbered 164. More than a third of that extraordinary class won stars, 59 in all-24 brigadier generals (one star), 24 major generals (two stars), 7 lieutenant generals (three stars), two generals (four stars), and 2 generals of the army (five stars).

The two who attained the army’s highest possible rank were Dwight David Eisenhower and Omar Nelson Bradley. They joined a very select group. Before World War II only four men had held that rank: Ulysses S. Grant (Class of 1843), William T. Sherman (1840), Philip H. Sheridan (1853), and John J. Pershing (1886).

Three others attained the rank during World War II. One, George C. Marshall, was not a West Pointer—he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute—but the other two were: Douglas MacArthur (1903) and Henry H. Arnold (1907). There have been no others since.


Omar Nelson Bradley

Key Figures

Omar Nelson Bradley
Omar Nelson Bradley
Class of 1915

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