Did U.S. General John J. " Black Jack " Pershing rid the Philippines of Islamic extremism in by executing a group of Muslim terrorists and. "The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle." ~ Gen. John " Black Jack " Pershing, U.S. Army - Commander of American Forces in World War I. Black Jack Pershing (Character) on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more. As they climbed into the foothills, the Americans became aware of the fact that they were being watched every foot of the way and that it would be easy enough for the Moros to ambush them with their blowguns and poisoned darts. The regiment was soon deployed as skirmishers in an opening across the river to the right of the road and our line of skirmishers being partly visible from the en- emy's position, their fire was turned upon us and we had to lie down in the grass a few minutes for safety. Among these were the first employment in battle of mobile heavy artillery, of large complements of machine guns and intricate trench systems pro- tected by barbed wire. Pershing briefly considered petitioning the Army to let him study law and delay his commission. But, as a perceptive American war correspondent named Heywood Broun observed, "they don't call him Papa Pershing. A man had to expect to be kept "dangling," or he might hold her too cheaply. Frederick Funston , Pershing's superior in Mexico, was being considered for the top billet as the Commander of the American Expeditionary Force AEF when he died suddenly from a heart attack on February 19, The idea of subduing militant Muslims by threatening to bury them with pigs has held currency for many years. Each American platoon was attached to an Australian company. Everything about Pershing seemed to be sternly and exclusively military. That, too, like other early characteris- tics, seems to have held with him. The whole course of his life, which might have proceeded along the quiet channels 61 a small-town legal career, was changed by a few inches of type appearing hi newspapers published throughout the Sec- ond Congressional District under the signature of Congressman J.