On June 12th, 1915, Kansan Dwight D. Eisenhower and 163 other cadets graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Fifty-nine of these men would attain the rank of general, to this day an unprecedented number from a single class. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley became Generals of the Army (five star), and there have only been five of these in history, two became Generals (four star), seven became Lieutenant Generals, 24 Major Generals and 24 Brigadier Generals. A further distinction for the class was that future Maj. Gen. Luis Esteves was the first Puerto Rican to graduate from West Point. Esteves was also the first in the class to get his stars when he was appointed to be the first Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard.
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The committee meets quarterly at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, KS. Minutes are taken at every meeting and then posted to the KansasWW1.org website for anyone interested in our efforts to coordinate the commemoration of the First World War around the state of Kansas.