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Many men throughout history have been members of our fraternity.

In these pages we will present you with them and try to impress upon you the great men that have been Masons.

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Military Leader


Military leadership is the process of influencing others to accomplish the mission by providing purpose, direction, and motivation. Command is the authority a person in the military service lawfully exercises over subordinates by virtue of his rank and assignment or position.


Photo of Henry Harley Arnold Henry Arnold General

American general officer holding the grades of General of the Army and General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938?1941), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S.…

Photo of Harry Assu Harry Assu Kwagiulth Chief

Harry Assu, a Kwagiulth chief, helped lead his people on the journey from a traditional world inhabited by spirits and supernatural beings to the prosperous modernity of today.

Photo of Omar Bradley Omar Bradley General of the Army

United States Army field commander in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and a General of the Army. From the Normandy landings through the end of the war in Europe, Bradley had command of all U.S. ground forces invading Germany from the west; he ultimately commanded forty-three divisions and 1.3 million men, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under a U.S.…

Photo of Joseph Thayendanegea Brant Joseph Brant Mohawk Leader

Mohawk military and political leader, based in present-day New York, who was closely associated with Great Britain during and after the American Revolution. Perhaps the American Indian of his generation best known to the Americans and British, he met many of the most significant Anglo-American people of the age, including both George Washington and King George III

Photo of Arleigh A Burke Arleigh Burke U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral

Admiral Arleigh Albert ?31-knot? Burke was an admiral of the United States Navy who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.

Photo of Claire Chennault Claire Chennault Commander ?Flying Tigers?

American military aviator best known for his leadership of the American ?Flying Tigers? and the Republic of China Air Force in World War II. Chennault was a fierce advocate of ?pursuit? or fighter-interceptor aircraft during the 1930s when the U.S. Army Air Corps was focused primarily on high-altitude bombardment. Chennault retired from the United States Army in 1937, and went to work as an aviation adviser and trainer in China.…

Photo of William James Crowe, Jr. William Crowe, Jr. Navy Admiral

United States Navy admiral who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and as the ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Bill Clinton.

Photo of Jimmy Dolittle Jimmy Dolittle Medal of Honor

American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid while a Lieutenant Colonel.

Photo of Mikhail Illarionovich Golenischev-Kutuzov Mikhail Golenischev-Kutuzov Military Leaders

Field Marshal of the Russian Empire. He served as one of the finest military officers and diplomats of Russia under the reign of three Romanov Tsars: Catherine II, Paul I and Alexander I. His military career was closely associated with the rising period of Russia from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century.…

Photo of Nicholas Herkimer Nicholas Herkimer Military Leaders

Militia Brigadier General during the American Revolutionary War, who died of wounds after the Battle of Oriskany.

Photo of Samuel Houston Samuel Houston Military Leaders

American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico. The only American to be elected governor of two different States (as opposed to territories or indirect appointments), he was also the only Southern governor to oppose secession (which led to the outbreak of the American Civil War) and to refuse an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, a decision that led to his removal from office by the Texas secession convention

Photo of David Kalakaua David Kalakaua Hawaiian King

David La?amea Kamanakapu?u Mahinulani Nalaiaehuokalani Lumialani Kal?kaua and sometimes called The Merrie Monarch (November 16, 1836 ? January 20, 1891), was the last reigning king of the Kingdom of Hawai?i. He reigned from February 12, 1874 until his death in San Francisco, California, on January 20, 1891. A Hawaiian song about Kal?kaua can be heard in the Disney movie “Lilo & Stitch”, it is heard when Lilo is introduced in the movie.…

Photo of Ernest Joseph King Ernest King Military Leaders

Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (COMINCH) and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) during World War II. As COMINCH-CNO, he directed the United States Navy?s operations, planning, and administration and was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was the U.S. Navy?s second most senior officer after Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, and the second admiral to be promoted to five star rank.…

Photo of William Franklin Knox William Knox U.S. Secretary of the Navy

American newspaper editor and publisher. He was also the Republican vice presidential candidate in 1936, and Secretary of the Navy under Franklin D. Roosevelt during most of World War II. During the Spanish?American War, he joined the Army, and served in Cuba with Theodore Roosevelt’s famous Rough Riders, the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. He was a member of Troop D commanded by Captain Robert Huston.…

Photo of Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur Military Leaders

American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign, which made him and his father Arthur MacArthur, Jr., the first father and son to be awarded the medal.…

Photo of Russell Lowell Maughan Russell Maughan 1st to Fly Cross-Country

An officer in the United States Army and a pioneer aviator. His career began during World War I, and spanned the period in which military aviation developed from a minor arm of the Army Signal Corps to the huge Army Air Forces on the verge of becoming a separate service. Maughan became a pursuit pilot and served in combat in France in 1918 with the United States Army Air Service.…

Photo of Samuel Nicholas Samuel Nicholas Military Leaders

First officer commissioned in the United States Continental Marines (now the United States Marine Corps) and by tradition is considered to be the first Commandant of the Marine Corps. On 5 November 1775, Nicholas was commissioned a ?Captain of Marines? by the Second Continental Congress

Photo of John Joseph Pershing John Pershing Military Leaders

General in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces to victory over Germany in World War I, 1917?18. He rejected British and French demands that American forces be integrated with their armies, and insisted that the AEF would operate as a single unit under his command, although some American divisions fought under British command, and he also allowed all-black units to be integrated with the French army.…

Photo of George Edward Pickett George Pickett Military Leaders

United States Army officer who became a major general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He is best remembered for his participation in the futile and bloody assault at the Battle of Gettysburg that bears his name, Pickett?s Charge

Photo of Wiley Hardeman Post Wiley Post Distinguished Flying Cross Holder

American aviator during the period known as the Golden Age of Aviation, the first pilot to fly solo around the world. Also known for his work in high-altitude flying, Post helped develop one of the first pressure suits and discovered the jet stream. On August 15, 1935, Post and American humorist Will Rogers were killed when Post’s aircraft crashed on takeoff from a lagoon near Point Barrow in the Territory of Alaska.…

Photo of Rufus Putnam Rufus Putnam Military Leaders

A colonial military officer during the French and Indian War, and a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.[1] As an organizer of the Ohio Company, he was instrumental in the initial settling of the Northwest Territory in present-day Ohio following the war.

Photo of William Francis Raborn Jr William Raborn Military Leaders

United States Navy officer, the leader of the project to develop the Polaris missile system, and the 7th Director of Central Intelligence as well as the 5th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Photo of Edward Vernon Rickenbacker Edward Rickenbacker Medal of Honor

American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient. With 26 aerial victories, he was America’s most successful fighter ace in the war. He was also a race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines.

Photo of William G Sizemore II William Sizemore Navy Admiral

USN, Retired, son of the Grand Executive Director, RADM William G. “Gene” Sizemore, 33°, GC, USN, Retired. “Admiral Bill” reported for duty in December, with a calm, unassuming presence that belied the depth of his abilities. He brings with him years of practical leadership in the US Navy plus an MBA from the College of William and Mary-a combination of hands-on experience and business skills that will serve the Supreme Council well.

Photo of William Barret Travis William Travis Military Leaders

19th-century American lawyer and soldier. At the age of 26, he was a lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army. He died at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution.

Photo of Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV Jonathan Wainwright Medal of Honor

American army officer and the commander of Allied forces in the Philippines at the time of their surrender to the Empire of Japan during World War II. Wainwright was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his courageous leadership during the fall of the Philippines. In September 1940, Wainwright was promoted to Major General (temporary) and returned to the Philippines, in December, as commander of the Philippine Department.…

Photo of Lewis Wallace Lewis Wallace Military Leaders

American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author from Indiana. Among his novels and biographies, Wallace is best known for his historical adventure story, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880), a bestselling novel that has been called ?the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century.?…

Photo of Joseph Warren Joseph Warren Military Leaders

American doctor who played a leading role in American Patriot organizations in Boston in the early days of the American Revolution, eventually serving as president of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Warren enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes on April 18, 1775, to leave Boston and spread the alarm that the British garrison in Boston was setting out to raid the town of Concord and arrest rebel leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams.…