Every Five-Star General in American History

Only been five men with Five Silver Stars

A five-star general. Throughout American history, there’ve only been five men with five silver stars. All of them served in World War Two, and since then, the rank hasn’t been given to anyone else. Watch this video to learn more!

• Note [1] — The first thing you might notice is that there aren’t any people from the Navy on this list. That’s because the Navy uses different ranks. In the navy, a five-star flag officer is called a Fleet Admiral.

• Note [2] — Another thing you may notice about this video is that it doesn’t cover the rank General of the Armies, which is the single highest rank one can achieve in the US Army (the naval equivalent is the Admiral of the Navy). These ranks are superior to five-star generals, and so, some consider it to be a six-star rank. There’ve only ever been two people who reached this rank (George Washington and John J. Pershing, the former being awarded the rank posthumously), and the only man who reached the rank during his lifetime, Pershing, only ever wore four stars. As such, it’s not covered in this video.

• Note [3] — When I say that enlisted soldiers do most of the fighting, I’m not belittling the fact that officers also do fight. It’s just that enlisted soldiers outnumber officers by a ratio of over 4 to 1.

• Note [4] — There’s also a rank General of the Air Force, which is a five-star general in the Air Force. There’s only ever been one person to reach this rank, and he was a five-star general in the Army before — Henry “Hap” Arnold.
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