United States Military Academy

Discover the notable alumni of United States Military Academy. The list includes people like Buzz Aldrin, Ulysses S. Grant, Edgar Allan Poe, Douglas MacArthur & Jefferson Davis. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as leaders, miscellaneous, writers, lawyers & judges and sportspersons etc.
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
(34th President of the United States (1953–1961))
Dwight D. Eisenhower
98
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 14, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States
Died: March 28, 1969

The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower held office from 1953 to 1961. An army officer During World War II, he was part of many successful operations. He signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and his two terms as president saw widespread economic prosperity in USA. He is ranked high among American presidents.

 2 
Edgar Allan Poe
(Writer and Poet - Widely Regarded as a Central Figure of Romanticism in the United States)
Edgar Allan Poe
140
Birthdate: January 19, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1849

American writer Edgar Allan Poe is regarded as the architect of modern short story, the inventor of the detective-fiction genre and a major contributor towards science fiction genre. The influential writer is recognised for his tales of mystery and macabre. His notable works include The Raven (poem), The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher (short stories).

 3 
Ulysses S. Grant
(Civil War Hero and the 18th President of the United States)
Ulysses S. Grant
51
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 27, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Point Pleasant, Ohio, United States
Died: July 23, 1885

The 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant held office from 1869 to 1877. He led the Union Army as Commanding General of the United States Army during the American Civil War and was a war hero. As president, he stabilized the post-war national economy and created the Department of Justice. Historians generally recognize his presidential accomplishments.

 4 
Robert E. Lee
(Confederate General in the American Civil War)
Robert E. Lee
128
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 19, 1807
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stratford, Virginia, United States
Died: October 12, 1870

A commander of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, Robert E. Lee commanded the Army of Northern Virginia. He was a skilled tactician who served in the US Army for 32 years. Brilliant from a young age, he was a top graduate of the US Military Academy. In his later years, he became president of Washington College.

 5 
George Patton
(One of the Most Successful Combat Generals in United States History)
George Patton
23
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Gabriel, California, United States
Died: December 21, 1945

George Patton was a general of the US Army, remembered for his work as a commander of the Seventh United States Army during World War II. He is also remembered for commanding the Third Army in the Western Front in June 1944 after the Allied invasion of Normandy. His life and work inspired the 1970 epic biographical war film Patton.

 6 
Douglas MacArthur
(American Military Leader Who Played a Prominent Role in the Pacific Theater During World War II)
Douglas MacArthur
33
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: April 5, 1964
American five-star general Douglas MacArthur was the field marshal of the Philippine Army. He and his father were the first father-son duo to win the Medal of Honor. after World War II, he became the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Japan and contributed to Japan’s reconstruction.
 7 
Buzz Aldrin
(American Astronaut, Fighter Pilot and the Second Person to Set Foot on the Moon)
Buzz Aldrin
35
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Buzz Aldrin became the second person to set foot on the Moon, as the pilot of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, 19 minutes after Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon, on July 21, 1969. Aldrin has also been a U.S. Air Force officer and flew fighter jets in the Korean War.
 8 
Stonewall Jackson
(One of the Best-Known Confederate Commanders During the American Civil War)
Stonewall Jackson
22
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States
Died: May 10, 1863

Stonewall Jackson was a commander of the Confederate States Army. He played a major role as a Confederate general in the American Civil War, winning several significant battles in the Eastern Theater of the war. Considered one of the most tactically sound commanders in the history of the US, Jackson was idolized by George Patton, Chesty Puller, and Alexander Vandegrift.

 9 
William Tecumseh Sherman
(Former Commanding General of the United States Army (1869 - 1883))
William Tecumseh Sherman
20
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 8, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lancaster, Ohio, United States
Died: February 14, 1891
William Tecumseh Sherman served as the Union Army general during the American Civil War. He is best remembered for his “scorched earth” military policy and was known as "the first modern general.” His 1875 book Memoir, related his war experiences. He was associated with wildlife conservation in his later years.
 10 
Jefferson Davis
(Former President of the Confederate States (1862 - 1865))
Jefferson Davis
57
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 3, 1808
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fairview, Kentucky, United States
Died: December 6, 1889

Jefferson Davis was the president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865. He was also the U.S. secretary of war and had fought in the Mexican–American War earlier. He was against secession. He wrote an autobiography named The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.

 11 
John J. Pershing
(Former Military Officer Who Served as the Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces During World War I)
John J. Pershing
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 13, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laclede, Missouri, United States
Died: July 15, 1948

John J. Pershing was a senior United States Army officer who served as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I. In his later years, he mentored generals who led the United States Army during World War II.  He was promoted to General of the Armies rank, the highest possible rank in the United States Army. 

 12 
Michael Collins
(NASA Astronaut, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11 (the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon))
Michael Collins
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died: April 28, 2021

Michael Collins is an American astronaut who became the fourth person to perform a spacewalk. He is also the second person to orbit the Moon alone. Collins is best known for flying the Apollo 11 command module Columbia while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon. In 1969, Michael Collins was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 13 
George Armstrong Custer
(United States Army Officer and Cavalry Commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars)
George Armstrong Custer
52
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 5, 1839
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Rumley, Ohio, United States
Died: June 25, 1876

George Armstrong Custer was a US Army officer. He played an important role as a cavalry commander in the American Indian Wars and the American Civil War. His death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, commonly referred to as Custer's Last Stand, went on to become a well-known episode of the American Indian Wars.

 14 
Omar Bradley
(1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-53))
Omar Bradley
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 12, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clark, Missouri, United States
Died: April 8, 1981
 15 
Alejandro Villanueva
(Former American Football Offensive Tackle)
Alejandro Villanueva
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 16 
David Petraeus
(4th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2011 - 2012))
David Petraeus
13
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, United States
David Petraeus was the director of the CIA from 2011 till his resignation in 2012 due to his extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. He was also charged with mishandling classified information. He had previously been the commander of U.S. Central Command and of the International Security Assistance Force
 17 
Mark Valley
3
Birthdate: December 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ogdensburg, New York
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 18 
Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
(United States Army General)
Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 22, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 27, 2012
 19 
Lloyd Austin
(Military personnel)
Lloyd Austin
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile
 20 
H. R. McMaster
(25th United States National Security Advisor (Feb 2017 - Apr 2018))
H. R. McMaster
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Herbert Raymond McMaster is a former U.S. army lieutenant general and has previously also been the U.S. national security advisor. He is renowned for his participation in the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He now teaches at Stanford and has authored the book Dereliction of Duty.
 21 
Alexander Haig
(United States Secretary of State (1981-82))
Alexander Haig
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 20, 2010
 22 
Matthew Ridgway
(Military officer)
Matthew Ridgway
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States
Died: July 26, 1993
 23 
Ed White
(Engineer)
Ed White
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: January 27, 1967
 24 
Wesley Clark
(General)
Wesley Clark
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 25 
Frank Borman
(NASA Astronaut Who was the Commander of 'Apollo 8' Mission)
Frank Borman
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gary

Frank Borman is an American former US Air Force colonel, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, businessman, and NASA astronaut. The commander of Apollo 8, Borman was the first of 24 astronauts to have flown to the Moon. In 1982, Frank Borman was made an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame.

 26 
James Longstreet
(United States Minister to the Ottoman Empire (1880-81))
James Longstreet
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 8, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edgefield, South Carolina, United States
Died: January 2, 1904
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 27 
John Eisenhower
(Diplomat, Military historian, Author, Writer, Biographer)
John Eisenhower
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Denver
Died: December 21, 2013

U.S. Army officer John Eisenhower was the son of military-general-turned-president Dwight D. Eisenhower. He had donned many hats, from teaching English to serving on his father's White House staff. He also assisted his father in writing his memoirs and had been the American ambassador to Belgium, too.

 28 
George Meade
(American Army Officer Who Decisively Defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the American Civil War)
George Meade
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 31, 1815
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cádiz, Spain
Died: November 6, 1872

George Meade was a civil engineer and United States Army officer best remembered for decisively defeating Robert E. Lee in the American Civil War. After the war, he played an important role during the Reconstruction era. As a civil engineer, George Meade was involved in the construction of many lighthouses. 

 29 
J. E. B. Stuart
(Confederate States Army General)
J. E. B. Stuart
14
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1833
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Patrick County, Virginia, United States
Died: May 12, 1864
 30 
Ambrose Burnside
(United States Senator from Rhode Island (1875-81))
Ambrose Burnside
7
Birthdate: May 23, 1824
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liberty, Indiana, United States
Died: September 13, 1881
 31 
Philip Sheridan
(Military Officer)
Philip Sheridan
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 6, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: August 5, 1888
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 32 
Lon Horiuchi
(American former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) sniper and former United States Army officer who was involved in the 1992 Ruby Ridge standoff and 1993 Waco siege)
Lon Horiuchi
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hawaii, United States
 33 
Mike Pompeo
(Politician)
Mike Pompeo
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orange, California, U.S.
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 34 
Henry H. Arnold
(Military Leader)
Henry H. Arnold
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 15, 1950
 35 
George Pickett
(Military Officer)
George Pickett
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 16, 1825
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: July 30, 1875
 36 
Mark Esper
(Politicians)
Mark Esper
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
 37 
Leslie Groves
(United States Army Officer in Charge of the Construction of 'The Pentagon' and Director of 'The Manhattan Project')
Leslie Groves
3
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: August 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: July 13, 1970

US Army officer Leslie Groves is best remembered for his association with the Manhattan Project, which was aimed at developing atom bombs during World War II. He was also in-charge of building a place to house the War Department’s staff in a structure that later became the Pentagon.

 38 
Creighton Abrams
(Military General)
Creighton Abrams
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 4, 1974
 39 
Roy Moore
(Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama)
Roy Moore
9
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 11, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadsden, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 40 
Edwin Anderson Walker
(Military Officer)
Edwin Anderson Walker
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kerr County, Texas, United States
Died: October 31, 1993
 41 
Greg Plitt
(Model)
Greg Plitt
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died: January 17, 2015
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 42 
Albert Sidney Johnston
(Military general)
Albert Sidney Johnston
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 2, 1803
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, Kentucky
Died: April 6, 1862
 43 
Joseph Stilwell
(General)
Joseph Stilwell
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palatka, Florida, United States
Died: October 12, 1946
 44 
Martin Dempsey
(Military personnel)
Martin Dempsey
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
 45 
Paula Broadwell
(journalist, biographer)
Paula Broadwell
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bismarck
 46 
Maxwell D. Taylor
(Military officer)
Maxwell D. Taylor
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 26, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keytesville, Missouri, United States
Died: April 19, 1987
 47 
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
(Air Force General)
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 4, 2002
 48 
George Washington Goethals
(Former 1st Governor of Panama Canal Zone (1914 - 1917))
George Washington Goethals
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: June 29, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 21, 1928

George Washington Goethals was an American civil engineer and US-Army General remembered for his role as an overseer of the construction of the Panama Canal. He also served as the first Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1914 to 1917. Goethals has been honored with several tributes, including the Society of American Military Engineers' establishment of the Goethals Medal.

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Winfield Scott Hancock
(Military officer)
Winfield Scott Hancock
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 14, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 9, 1886
 50 
Robin Olds
(Officer)
Robin Olds
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Honolulu
Died: June 14, 2007