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Memorial to General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, Commander of the US Expeditionary Force in WW II.
People often seem to assume that his nickname, Black Jack, came from the card game of the same name. In fact it was given to him as a junior officer when he was assigned to an all black regiment of cavalry. He served there as a commander for many years and had a tremendous bond of loyalty with his soldiers. Because of this association with black troops he was given his moniker by his fellow white officers.
When Teddy Rosevelt and his “Rough Riders” charged up San Juan Hill, a black company from the 10th US Cavalry was right next to them. It was led by Black Jack Pershing.