Meeting General "Black Jack" Pershing
Per Rick's request -
I have listened to WWI vet Frank Buckles recount his meeting with General Pershing several times. Here's what I remember:
Pershing visited Oklahoma City while traveling the country after WWI (1919 or 1920). Mr. Buckles got in uniform and went down to where an official gathering was taking place and stood in line to meet the general. After all, he had been the overall commander while Mr. Buckles was in France. Some small banter took place followed by a "snappy salute" rendered to the general. As Frank walked away Pershing noticed that Frank was wearing (or carrying?) gloves which was an indicator that a soldier is cavalry. A Sgt. was dispatched by Pershing to retrieve Frank and they had a talk. Apparently, gloves were an optional uniform item and Frank was, and is, a fastidious dresser. During their talk they discovered that Pershing and Frank had been born some 30 miles from one another - Pershing in Laclede, MO and Frank in Bethany, MO.
"Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace." - T.R.