Famous West Point graduates
Notable graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Jefferson Davis, class of 1828, served as a member of Congress from Mississippi 1845-46; senator from Mississippi 1847-51, 1857-61; secretary of war from 1853 to 1857; and president of the Confederate States of America.
Robert E. Lee, class of 1829, served as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy 1852-55; general in chief, Confederate Armies; and president of Washington & Lee University 1865-70.
George G. Meade, class of 1835, served as a Union general in the Civil War where he defeated fellow West Point alumnus Confederate general Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Ulysses S. Grant, class of 1843, was the 18th president of the United States from 1869-77 following a successful role as a general in the second half of the Civil War.
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, class of 1846, served as lieutenant general and a corps commander of the Confederate Army.
George Custer, class of 1861, served as cavalry commander in the Union Army during the Civil War and later the Indian Wars where in his disastrous final battle Custer and all of his men were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, class of 1903, served as field marshal of the Philippine Army and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II.
Gen. Omar Bradley, class of 1915, served as first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1949 to 1953.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, class of 1915, was the 34th president of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.
Gen. William Westmoreland, class of 1936, served as a United States Army general, commanding military operations in the Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive, and later served as U.S. Army chief of staff from 1968 to 1972.
Buzz Aldrin, class of 1951, was the second person to walk on the moon.
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Class of 1956, known as "Stormin' Norman," served as commander of U.S. Central Command from 1988 to 1991 and commanded the Coalition Forces in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Mike Krzyzewski, class of 1969, is the head men’s basketball coach for Duke University.
Gen. John Abizaid, class of 1973, served as commander of the United States Central Command, overseeing American military operations in a 27-country region. He assumed the Distinguished Chair of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point in December 2007.
Bob McDonald, class of 1975, is the CEO of Proctor & Gamble.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, class of 1976, served as Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. He was commander, Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008, where he was credited with the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Gen. David Petraeus, class of 1974, served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from Sept. 6, 2011, until his resignation on Nov. 9, 2012.
Kelly Perdew, class of 1989, was the winner in season 2 of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice."