West Point Trivia Test Number 20.

By John Ward, '64

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1. Which of these cadet disciplinary reports applied to future 5 star general and President Dwight D. eisenhower???

A) "Violation of orders in reference to dancing, having been previously admonished for the same offense"

B) "Combining with another cadet to create an alarm by exploding a firecracker in area of barracks about 9:00 p.m.".

C)  "Creating disturbance in barracks by causing iron dumb bell to be rolled down stairway between call to quarters and tattoo.".
D)  "Talking, smiling, and repeatedly gazing about in ranks returning from dinner.".

2. Which of these cadet disciplinary reports applied to future NATO Commander, Presidential chief of Staff, Secretary of State, and Presidential Candidate Alexander M. Haig, Class of 1947??

A)  "Flagrantly violating regulations and published instructions during official visit to United States Naval Academy and bringing discredit on the Military Academy by absenting himself after taps without authority from 2320, 5 February to 0845, 6 February."
B)  "Expressing disapprobation of an official order, i.e., table commandant `booing` and permitting other cadets at his table to do likewise."
C)  "Failing to attend a lecture ordered by proper authority."
D)  ."Violating the tenets of decency, common sense, and good taste by submitting an English composition describing an intimate, personal, and sordid experience and containing lewd and indecent language.".

3. Which of the following reports was earned by future General and Commander in Chief, U. S. Air Forces Europe Truman H. Landon, Class of 1928??


A) "Direct violation of safety regulations while at instruction on the .22 caliber rifle range, i.e., leaving firing line with a loaded rifle and accidentally discharging same while at the clearing rack with the result that Cadet Elliott, J. R., 3d Class, Company 'F', was wounded in the right knee."

B)  "Eight and one-half hours late returning from Christmas Leave."

C) "Intentionally failing to salute an officer about 1:10 p. m."

D)  "Disobeying instructions of his commanding officer at Tobyhanna, Pa,  . . . .by hiring an automobile belonging to an enlisted man, riding in same, and arranging for other cadets to do so without properly informing them of its ownership.".

4. Which of the following reports was entered against future Lieutenant General and deputy Chief of Staff of the Air Force Roscoe C. Wilson, Class of 1928???

A) "Leaving Sunny Acres Camp after taps, 22nd Inst."

B) "Causing a young lady to be taken to a cadet drill with a cadet drill section that was being transported in a government truck."..

C) "Throwing grape skins at another cadet in Mess Hall at dinner, October10th."

D) "Under the influence of intoxicating liquor on train returning from Navy game."

5. Which of the following violations was committed by future General of the Armies John J. Pershing, Class of 1886?

A) "Upper lip not properly shaved at guard mounting. "

B) "Off limits in hotel at Garrison's between 2 and 3 P.M.".

C) "Acting Corporal of Police causing police detail to execute the manual with brooms upon dismissal of the detail".

D)  "Breach of confinement, 6:25 and 7:00 P.M."

6. Which West Pointer received the following discuplinary report??
                "Requiring a Fourth Classman to about face in ranks in order to demonstrate a 'Brace' to a young lady . . . . and advising a Fourth Classman to force a recognition on a Third Classman"

A) Philip Sheridan.

B) Robert E. Lee.

C) George Custer.

D) U. S. Grant.

7. Cadet Harold L. Milan completed his career as a member of a War Crimes Tribunal.    At its outset, however, he received what disciplinary report as a cadet?

 A) "Sitting on steps of 11th Division moat and smoking cigarette while serving punishment tours."

B) "Making facetious  and irrelevant remarks at recitation in ordnance and gunnery."

C) "Submitting a slovenly and trifling paper as a solution to a problem in astronomy."

D) Submitting to his instructor in mathematics at the end of the written recitation, as a part of his work,a paper which contained five pictures drawn by him and four stanzas of poetry."

8. Which of these cadets won the soldier's medal for an attempt, at the risk of his life, to save a drowning classmate when a canoe was overturned on the Hudson River?
 A) Charles S. Brice, Class of 1940.

B) Terry de la Mesa Allen, ex-1911.

C) George S. Patton, Class of 1909.

D) Alison M. Jones, Class of 1999.



9. Which of these cadets was the Wing Commander of the Air Cadets at West Point in 1943?.

A) Ward E. Protsman, Class of 1945

B) James A. Summer, Class of 1945.

C) Clair G. Whitney, Class of 1945.

D) Frederick C. Blesse, Class of 1945


10. Which of the following reports, all entered in 1943, led to a general court martial of a cadet??

A) Mess Hall Corporal discharging pistol while loading, 12 noon, 11 February.

B) Violation of flying regulations; i.e. flying outside the local flying area without permission, at an altitude of 1000 feet above the ground in the vicinity of Camp Popolopen, approximately 2210, 10 August.

C) Failure to complete the GUMP check; i.e., not lowering the landing gear in preparation for landing, thus seriously endangering government property, approximately 1500, 1 August 1944..

D) Flying at an altitude of less than 500 feet above the grounds and buildings at or near Nichols Hills, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Answer to Teaser from last time:     Lyman Walter Vere Kennon (Class of 1881) was the graduate who began his career by  being suspended one year at West Point for hazing.   On graduation, he found himself in the Cavalry, knee deep in snow, trying to move the Uintai Uncompahgre Ute Indians (fresh from a massacre less than a year earlier) to a new reservation.   As a junior lieutenant in 1884, he wrote a "Manual of Duties of Guards and Sentinels" which was the first such manual adopted by the Army.   His 1885 article on "Battle Tactics of Infantry" was widely discussed here and abroad and led to the replacement of "Upton'sMilitary Tactics" as Army doctrine.   Numerous other publications followed.  He was  even appointed in 1890 to a board to draft drill regulations for the Navy.   After serving as aide to General Crook, he was sent in 1891 as engineer for the Army part of the survey for a route for a possible interoceanic canal, and while there surveyed Mexico's border with Guatemala, eventually carrying the survey around Guatemala until it reached the Nicaraguan border.   In this 2 year effort, he climbed 48 volcanos each over a mile in height.    In the Spanish American War, as commander of Company "E" 6th Infantry, he was the 2nd American Officer to reach the blockhouse on top of San Juan Hill, for which he was recommended for a brevet promotion and  the Congressional Medal of Honor.    After the war he was for a time in charge of civil affairs on Cuba as well as being Cuba's acting Secretary of Commerce and Agriculture.    Transferred to the Philippines, where he spent many years, he read and memorized passages from the Koran in preparation for an assignment to a Moro area.   While in the Philippines, he built the Iligan-Lake Lanao road and then, at the request of Governor Taft,  he completed the key road from Manila to Baguio in 18 months (simultaneously surveying a better route that was not politically acceptable until 11 years later.)  He did this where others had failed and the job was expected to take no less than 3 years and probably longer.  His crew included 46 nationalities, including Sikh guards lent by Britain.   His recruiting was so good that the Navy refused shore leaves in fear sailors would desert to get on his road crews.   This accomplishment earned him a personal letter of commendation from President Theodore Roosevelt, who described him as "the type of man we should keep an eye on.".    In the next few years he traveled to Japan to examine railroads, to Brazil as delegate to the Pan American Congress and Military Attache, and to Alaska.  He was specially requested by Costa Rica to survey its southern boundary.  In the 1912 Army war games he commanded, as a colonel,  the "Red" army (destined by the script to lose) so well that the "Red" Army won that set of maneuvers.    In training he was first to use trenches for training drills, and first to use motion pictures to impart training to raw troops (using films that included the Corps of Cadets in action.)    After training 17,000 troops in a training center and then assuming command of the 171st brigade and then the 86th division, he was denied the right to take that division overseas beause of medical opinions.   Thus he found himself devising better ways to handle refuse instead of leading his men in war.  He died soon after.   Kennon Street in Charlotte, North Carolina is named for him.

Teaser for next time:   This West Pointer's first experience with armed conflict came at the age of 12 when, as Southerner, he pulled down an American Flag from the house of a Union sympathizer in the face of a threat from the Unionist's shotgun.   Soon after the war was over, however, he entered West Point, where he won reknown as his class's designated "fighter."   (This was at the time when personal grievances were settled at Fort Clinton man to man, though where there was a disparity in size and reach, the cadet's class could designate a substitute or designated fighter. )  After graduation he spent nearly a dozen years on the frontier, fighting Indians.   That was followed by a similar period at Washington helping analyze and publish the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, a massive and priceless historical collection.  While so engaged, he studied law in his spare time and was admitted to the bar.   He was highly enough regarded as to receive recommendations from many judges and lawyers - including two Supreme Court Justices - but was unable to secure a transfer to the JAG Corps.  In the Spanish American War he was in command of a dismounted company of cavalry landed ad Daiquiri.  The column moved inland immediately and on the second day was attacked by strong Spanish forces.  Wounded through the kidney, liver, lung and intestines, he was urged to allow someone to move him to the rear but steadily refused, saying he would die with his men for he knew that they would rally over his dead body.   When the action was over, he was expected to die from his wounds, but miraculously survived.   Strongly recommended for the Medal of Honor by General Wheeler and others, his heroism was ignored for many years.  After 2 years as Inspecetor General of all U.S. Soldiers homes, he became Superintendent of the Hampton, Virginia Soldiers home where, after 26 years of waiting, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism in Cuba.          .

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