Introducing a new documentary film about the great American Hero, General John J. Pershing, whose story is told by his living legacy, a diverse group of young people following the General’s paths across the globe. Raised in a small town in Missouri, Pershing led African-American troops three times - on the American Frontier, in Cuba with Teddy Roosevelt, and against Pancho Villa in Mexico. Despite the sudden, tragic deaths of his beloved wife and three daughters in a fire, Pershing soldiered on to command the American Expeditionary Forces (Three million “Doughboys!”) in WWI.
Because of General Pershing’s efforts in achieving an Armistice in the War to End All Wars (Signed on November 11, 1918), he was elevated to the highest rank America has ever established, General of the Armies of the United States. In the film, the young Pershing Rifles, Pershing Angels, and Blackjacks are guided by combat veteran, David Poe, as they travel to the historic battlefields of France and experience Pershing’s heroic deeds first-hand.
They learn how the General formulated military policy still in effect today, such as the first successful counter-insurgency campaign leading to a lasting peace with the Islamic Moro tribe in the Philippines. Observing Pershing’s unique brand of multi-cultural respect, they come to understand why many consider him to be an early civil rights leader. Certainly, his racial empathy for Black Buffalo soldiers, Mexicans, Native Americans, and Muslim Moros sets him distinctly apart as a role model for leaders today.
The young “leaders-in-training” who walk in Pershing’s footsteps exemplify his lasting values of honor, acceptance, and integrity.