Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy (1875 - 1959) was an American Naval Officer and the first ever to hold five-star rank in the U.S. Armed Forces.
During his remarkable career in the service of his country, Leahy served as an ensign in the Spanish-American War, Chief of Naval Operations, Governor of Puerto Rico, Ambassador to France, Chief of Staff of the Commander in Chief, and Fleet Admiral of the United States Navy. He was the trusted confidante of two American Presidents, a highly skilled diplomat, and one of the greatest military strategists the United States has ever known. William D. Leahy lived nearly his entire life in service and devotion to his country during an era of tremendous change—prosperity, depression, war, and eventually, peace. A peace he was instrumental in achieving.
1897 Graduated Naval Academy
1902 Lieutenant Jr. Grade
1909 Lieutenant Commander
1927 Rear Admiral
1935 Vice Admiral
1944 Fleet Admiral
1939 - 1940 Governor of Puerto Rico
1941 - 1942 Ambassador to France
1942 - 1949 Chief of Staff
Bill, if we have a war, you’re going to be right back here helping me run it.
President Franklin Roosevelt