1. Which of these cadet disciplinary
reports applied to future 5 star general and President Dwight
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
D) "Talking, smiling, and repeatedly gazing about in
ranks returning from dinner.".
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.".
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
C) "Intentionally failing to salute an officer about 1:10
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.".
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
C) "Throwing grape skins at another cadet in Mess Hall at
D) "Under the influence of intoxicating liquor on train returning
from Navy game."
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."
A) Philip Sheridan.
B) Robert E. Lee.
C) George Custer.
D) U. S. Grant.
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."
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
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,
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.