Some belated corrections to the list:
Zachary Taylor and Andrew Jackson were both major generals. Franklin Pierce was a brigadier general. Ronald Reagan was indeed commissioned in the army air corps reserves during World War II but he is color blind so he really could not serve. Instead he spent his time making training films.
John Kennedy was 4F, but used his father’s political influence to get commissioned in the naval reserve and then to be certified fit for sea duty.
LBJ’s Silver Star was not deserved.
And during the Revolution, Washington’s “rank” was major general; his “post” was “commander-in-chief.” During the Quasi-War, he was commissioned the first lieutenant general. In the 1970s congress and the president decided Washington should be ranked as the top general on all the lists – but technically he never served as such.
If you were to list the American generals in order of rank the five World War II generals would be first, then Grant, Sherman and Sheridan as generals, followed by all the four star rankers since then. Washington would lead the list of lieutenant generals.
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