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        Pershing Triumph, Pershing Tragedy - Captured in Images

        In the Spanish American war, John Pershing led his 10th Cavalry African American Buffalo Soldiers up San Juan Hill beside the Rough Riders. In 1899, in the Philippines, when peace incentives offered to the Moro tribes failed, Pershing led U.S. forces to victory. He married Helen Francis Warren. Over the next seven years, they raised a family. Pershing became a general. He was sent to Texas to deal with Pancho Villa and threats to the border. He left his beloved family safe in San Francisco, but one night a deadly fire swept their Presidio home, killing his wife and three of their four children.

        Roosevelt's Rough Riders in Cuba

        During the Spanish-American War, Teddy Roosevelt fought his way us San Juan Hill with his “Rough Riders” regiment. John Pershing and his 10th Cavalry African American Buffalo Soldiers also attacked San Juan Hill under heavy enemy fire.

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        The Buffalo Soldiers and a beginning of an era

        John Pershing commanded African American Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry in Montana in 1886 and again in the Spanish-American war in the late 1890’s. The bravery and courage shown by the men of the 10th Cavalry earned them Pershing’s respect and admiration.

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        Pershing in the Phillipines

        Pershing spent more than a decade commanding U.S. troops against Muslim Moro rebels in the Philippines during the early 20th century. During that time Pershing was promoted to brigadier general and later served as governor of the Philippine’s Moro province.

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        The Moro Warriors

        Pershing served in the Philippines. There he commanded U.S troops in several Moro Rebellion battles involving warring Moro (Muslim) tribes. Before Pershing returned to the United States in 1913, he was military governor of the southern Philippines’ Moro Province.

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        Pershing Chases Pancho Villa

        Pershing patrolled the Mexican border against a rumored invasion by Mexican Revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa in 1915. In March of 1916, Villa & his paramilitary forces raided Columbus, New Mexico, killing 18 Americans and stealing weapons and horses before retreating across the Mexico.

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        Frankie Pershing and daughters perish in fire

        In 1915, Pershing’s wife Frances and the couple’s three daughters, Mary, Ann and Helen, died in a house fire at the Presidio in San Francisco. At the time, General Pershing was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. The Pershing’s 5-year-old son Warren was the fire’s only survivor.

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        The remains of the fire ravaged Presidio

        In 1915, Pershing’s wife, Frances, and three daughters perished in a fire at the Presidio in San Francisco. At the time, Pershing was patrolling the Mexican border against a rumored invasion by Mexican Revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Pershing’s son, Warren, was the fire’s only surviv

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