Pershing Family Remembrance

The World War One Historical Association

Special Event: Pershing Family Remembrance

Thursday, August 27, 2015
2PM at Pershing Square and Presidio Officers’ Club
50 Moraga Avenue
Presidio of San Francisco

Pershing Family Remembrance



Pershing House at the Presidio

On August 27, 1915, while Brigadier General John J. Pershing was deployed in Texas with his command, the 8th Infantry Brigade, the upper story of his quarters at the San Francisco Presidio suffered a severe fire set off by a coal fired stove. In the fire, Mrs. Frances Pershing and three daughters, Mary, 6, Anne, 7, and Helen, 8 years old, all perished. Pershing’s son Warren was on a lower floor and escaped with the help of a soldier returning to barracks. This was the great tragedy of Pershing’s life.



Pershing, wife Frances, Helen, Anne & Warren

On August 27, 2015 the World War One Historical Association will remember the Pershing family tragedy with a public wreath laying at Pershing Square in the Presidio of San Francisco at 2 pm.


General John J. Pershing 1860 -1948

A public program in the Presidio Officers’ Club follows at 2:15 pm. Historian Michael Hanlon and National Park Service Historian Stephen Haller will present an overview of Brigadier General John Pershing’s career, the events of the Pershing house fire and highlight World War One and the Presidio of San Francisco. Major General Alfred Valenzuela, United States Army, Ret., World War One Centennial Commission, will discuss the lives of military families.

A no-host bar and light food will be available in the Arguello Restaurant immediately adjacent to the Presidio Officers’ Club. Join us for refreshments and conversation! More about Arguello at:

Also, the Presidio Officers’ Club extensive exhibits are open free of charge until 6PM. More information here to help plan your visit:

More information about General Pershing is available at the Presidio

This event is free and open to the public. There is a fee for parking.

  • Collaborating Partners
  • World War One Historical Association
  • World War One Centennial Commission
  • National Park Service
  • The Pershing Rifles
  • The Presidio Trust

Registration is appreciated but not required. Register at

DIRECTIONS to Pershing Square and the Presidio Officers Club at the Presidio of San Francisco can be found at the Presidio site.
Click here.