The Jury Talks Back

9/22/2009

Bleg: A Question

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 9:27 pm

I was out walking the dogs and I had a question that I thought the collected knowledge of the blogsphere might be able to answer:

  1. What was the greatest amount of rank mobility in America’s armed forces during World War II?  Where there any privates who became generals or lieutenants who made it to admiral during the time from Pearl Harbor to V-J Day?

Not a terribly important question, but one that popped into my head, almost unbidden, that I would be interested in seeing answered.  Well, not completely unbidden.  I was thinking about how much I’ve enjoyed the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian, and I was wondering if it would be possible to do a modern version.  Of course, their’s was a longer war, and O’Brian sets five or six of the books in one historical year anyway, but still…


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