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Pershing, John

[(pur-shing, pur-zhing)]

A military leader of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1916, General Pershing commanded the United States troops that pursued the Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa into Mexico. In 1917, he was made commander of the United States troops sent to Europe to fight in World War I.

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Pershing was known as “Black Jack.”
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