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College: University Press of Kentucky

Attention! UPK Teams Up With U.S. Mint to Honor Army Generals

Published: Jun 20, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2013) — In conjunction with the release of commemorative coins from the United States Mint honoring the U.S. Army's only five-star generals, University Press of Kentucky has released "Generals of the Army," edited by James H. Willbanks. The coins and book celebrate some of the nation's most prestigious military leaders.

 

The five–star generals from World War II dedicated their lives and legacies to our country. U.S. Mint has crafted three commemorative coins: a five-dollar gold, one-dollar silver and half-dollar clad coin, featuring the images of George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry H. Arnold and Omar N. Bradley, as well as the Leavenworth Lamp, the symbol of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). A portion of the proceeds from sales of the coins will be paid to the CGSC Foundation to help finance its support of the college, where the military leaders of the future are developed.

 

Formally titled "General of the Army," the five-star general is the highest possible rank awarded in the U.S. Army in modern times and has been awarded to only five men in the nation’s history. In addition to their rank, these distinguished soldiers all shared the experience of serving or studying at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where they gained the knowledge that would prepare them for command during World War II and the Korean War.

 

In "Generals of the Army," Willbanks assembles top military historians to examine the connection between the institution and the success of these exceptional men. Historically known as the "intellectual center of the Army," Fort Leavenworth is the oldest active Army post west of Washington, D.C., and one of the most important military installations in the U.S.

 

Though there are many biographies of the five-star generals, this innovative study offers a fresh perspective by illuminating the ways in which these legendary figures influenced and were influenced by Leavenworth. This concise volume offers an intriguing look at the lives of these remarkable men and the contributions they made to the defense of the nation.

 

Willbanks is General of the Armies George C. Marshall Chair of Military History and director of the department of military history at the U.S. Army CGSC at Fort Leavenworth. He is a retired lieutenant colonel with 23 years of service as an Infantry officer.

 

The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

 

 

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