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A SIX-STAR RANK was a proposed special grade immediately superior to a five-star rank .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Gallery * 3 See also * 4 References

HISTORY

On 21 January 1955, the US Senate considered a joint resolution "To authorize the appointment of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
as " General of the Armies of the United States". The resolution stated that this was "in recognition of the great services to his country" he had rendered, and that "the President is hereby authorized to appoint General of the Army Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
to the office of General of the Armies of the United States (which office is hereby revived for this purpose), such appointment to take effect as of the seventy-fifth anniversary of his birth, January 26, 1955." The proposal was shelved and never took effect. Recently, a few authors have described this proposed rank as a six star rank.

George Washington
George Washington
was posthumously promoted to the rank of "General of the Armies of the United States" in 1976. Although the law did not actually specify the number of stars, some U.S. newspapers and Members of Congress describe this as a six-star rank. His appointment had been to serve as "General and Commander in chief of the Army of the united Colonies".

The only officer in the history of the US Military to bear the rank of General of the Armies during his lifetime is General of the Armies John J. Pershing
John J. Pershing
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GALLERY

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General Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
showing five-star rank insignia. A proposal in Congress (1955) that MacArthur be promoted to General of the Armies lapsed *

Congressional resolution authorising promotion of Douglas MacArthur to General of the Armies. Copy taken from his service record on file at the National Personnel Records Center *

Painting of George Washington
George Washington
showing three star insignia. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of General of the Armies of the United States in 1976 *

s:Order 31-3 for promoting George Washington
George Washington
to the rank of General of the Armies of the United States effective 4 July 1976

SEE ALSO

* Highest military ranks * Design of US army insignia * Heraldic origin of the use of five-pointed star

REFERENCES

* ^ US Senate Joint Resolution 26, 21 January 1955. * ^ Foster, Frank C. (2011). United States Army Medal, Badges and Insignias. Medals of America Press. p. 19. ISBN 9781884452673 . effort was made to reward General Douglas MacArthur, this time with specifying a six-star rank, but it never came to fruition * ^ Weintraub, Stanley (2007). 15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals Who Saved the American Century. Simon & Schuster. p. 488. ISBN 9781416545934 . A few MacArthur devotees in Congress, like Representative Martin, tried to organize support for honorary six-star rank for the general, but as that would have been a slap at Eisenhower, such legislation had no chance. * ^ Korda, Michael (2009). Ike. HarperCollins. p. 190. ISBN 9780061744969 . Congress would twice try to promote him from the new rank of General of the Army—a five-star general—to the unique rank of General of the Armies: a proposed six-star general. * ^ Department of the Army Order 31-3, (13 March 1978). Department of the Army order to enact Public Law 94-479. * ^ Dooley, Joseph (April 6, 2013). "Sunday Reflection: How the \'indispensable man\' became America\'s only six-star general". Washington Examiner. * ^ United Press International (October 12, 1976). "George Washington Wins Promotion to Six-Star Rank". Eugene Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. p. 7A. Retrieved March 1, 2014. * ^ "Washington Gets Star". The New York Times. October 13, 1976. President Ford signed today a bill that posthumously promoted George Washington to the rank of six-star General of the Armies * ^ Kilian, Michael (August 5, 1976). "Foursquare opposed to a six-star Washington". Chicago Tribune. p. A2. * ^ Dooley, Joseph (April 6, 2013). "Sunday Reflection: How the \'indispensable man\' became America\'s only six-star general". Washington Examiner. Rep. Frank Wolf , R-Va., ... noted, is "the only six-star general in the nation's history." * ^ Cont\'l Cong., Commission for General Washington, in 2 Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 96-7 (Library of Cong. eds., 1905). * ^ Cont\'l Cong., Instructions for General Washington, in 2 Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 100-1 (Library of Cong. eds., 1905).

STAR OFFICER GRADES

* General officer
General officer
* Flag officer * Air officer

BY STAR RANKS

* Six-star rank
Six-star rank
(proposed) * Five-star rank * Four-star rank * Three-star rank * Two-star rank * One-star rank

BY TITLES

* Generalissimo
Generalissimo
* Generalissimus of the Soviet Union
Generalissimus of the Soviet Union
* Supreme Allied Commander * Admiral of the Navy * General of the Armies * Generalfeldmarschall * Field marshal
Field marshal
* Mareşal * Marshal of the air force
Marshal of the air force
* Marshal of the Russian Federation * Marshal of the Soviet Union * Mushir * Caudillo * Magister militum * Spahbed * Ispahsalar * Beylerbey * Constable of France * Grand Domestic
Grand Domestic
* Dux bellorum * Grand marshal * Hetman
Hetman
* Jenderal besar * Reichsmarschall
Reichsmarschall
* Sardar * Serasker * Strategos autokrator * First marshal of the empire * Dai-gensui * Taewonsu * Voivoda * Wonsu * Yuan Shuai * Da yuan shuai * Marshal of Yugoslavia

HIGHEST MILITARY RANKS

* General officer
General officer
* Flag officer * Air officer

* Imperator
Imperator
* Marshal of Italy * Generalissimo
Generalissimo
* Generalissimus of the Soviet Union
Generalissimus of the Soviet Union
* Supreme Allied Commander * Admiral of the Navy * General of the Armies * General of the Air Force * Generalfeldmarschall * Mareşal * Marshal of the air force
Marshal of the air force
* Marshal of the Soviet Union * Marshal of the Russian Federation * Mushir * Magister militum * Spahbed * Ispahsalar * Beylerbey * Bojni Vojvoda * Chom Thap Thai * Constable of France * Domestic of the Schools * Grand Domestic
Grand Domestic
* Shogun
Shogun
* Dux bellorum * Grand marshal * Hetman
Hetman
* Jenderal besar * Polemarch * Reichsmarschall
Reichsmarschall
* Federal General of Switzerland * Sardar * Serasker * Autokrator * First marshal of the empire * Da yuan shuai * Dai-gensui * Taewonsu * Yuan shuai * Wonsu * Marshal of Y

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