Highest Ranked U.S. Military Officers

1. George Washington, 1976, General of the Armies of the United States“rank and precedence over all other grades of the Army, past or present,”

2. John J. Pershing, 1919, General of the Armies of the United States

3. General George C. Marshall, 1944, Army five-star General

4. General Douglas MacArthur, 1944, Army five-star General

5. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1944, Army five-star General

6. General Henry Arnold, 1944, Air Force five-star general.

7. Admiral William D. Leahy, 1944, Navy five-star fleet Admiral

8. Admiral Ernest J. King, 1944, Navy five-star fleet Admiral

9. Admiral Chester Nimitz, 1944, Navy five-star fleet Admiral

10. Admiral William F. Halsey, 1944, Navy five-star fleet Admiral

11. General Omar N. Bradley, 1950, Army five-star General

Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant held the rank of General of the Army with four-stars, followed upon his retirement by William T. Sherman. Prior to World War II, only one person could hold the rank of four-star general. The rank of five-stars is a war time designation created in 1944 that gave U.S. commanders an equal rank with British Field Marshall’s.

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