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Major Gen. John L. Hines (1868-1968)

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Major Gen. John L. Hines (1868-1968) succeeded Gen. Pershing as Chief of Staff of the Army from 1924 to 1926. Hines graduated from West Point in 1891. He received the Silver Star in the Spanish-American War, having fought in the Philippines in 1901. He served as adjutant to Gen. John Pershing in the pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico in 1916. He was promoted more rapidly than any other soldier who served in World War I, going to France as a major and returning as a major general. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Distinguished Service Medal in World War I. Hines ended his military career in 1932 as commanding general of the Department of the Philippines in Manila. Hines is one of four military leaders who were honored by appearing on a Distinguished Soldiers series of U. S. postage stamps issued on May 3, 2000. He was born in White Sulphur Springs. In an Associated Press article on April 24, 2000, Hines' grandson, Maj. Gen. John R. D. Cleland of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., said, "He was the son of Irish immigrants and grew up in a small town in West Virginia where he had virtually no opportunity for an education. By virtue of his willingness to work, he was able to go to West Point.

Major Gen. John L. Hines (1868-1968)


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