West Point Trivia Test Number 10.

By John Ward, '64

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1. The Plebe Hike (under various names) is a strenuous march in culmination of Beast Barracks (occasionally known as New Cadet Barracks and Cadet Basic Training).   Its length is generally about 5 to 10 miles.   What was the longest continuous march (broken only by overnight bivouacs) ever taken by the Corps of Cadets?

A) 266 miles

B) 170 miles

C) 145 miles

D) 64 miles

2. This member of the Class of 1938 was in command of a horse cavalry troop separated from its command in the early days of the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.  He embarked on a successful guerilla war.  He also set up an independent government in 2 provinces, issued currency, and imposed price controls.  When the Japanese diverted troops to his area, he melted into the jungle and kept up a flow of intelligence until captured in August 1943.  He was executed in 1944.  Who was he?

A) Ralph B Praeger.

B) Joseph R Barker

C) William A Gay

D) Antonio P Chanco.

3. This graduate received his baptism of fire in the campaign against Pancho Villa, was wounded and left with a silver plate in his head in WWI, and retired in 1922 for disability.  He then began a trip around the world on tramp freighters, was shipwrecked on Mindanao in the Philippines and took up residence, remaining there until the Japanese invasion, when he raised a force of Moro guerrillas that fought until the 24th Division landed.  Who was he?

A) Vicente Lim (1914)

B) Paul Bunker (1903)

C) Frank D. McGee (1915)

D) George R Spalding (1901)

4. What do O'Ferrall Knight (June 1918) and Howard L. Peckham (Nov. 1918) have in common besides graduating in the same year?

A) They both commanded the U. S. Forces in Germany during the 1948 Berlin Airlift..

B) They were both awarded Rhodes Scholarships..

C) They were both Cadet Majors.

D) They were both on the U. S. Olympic team..

5. When did the Corps of Cadets consist of three classes, two of which were Fourth Classes (Plebes)?

A) 1859-60

B) 1918-19

C) 1943-44

D) 1812-13.

6. This West Pointer served in the U. S. Army, the French Foreign Legion (Major General), the Polish Army (General), the Turkish Army, the French Air Force (Squadron Commander), and the Royal Air Force (Group Commander).  Who was he?

A) Paul Denver Peery (1928)..

B) John N. Merrill (ex-1906).

C) Charles M Sweeney (ex-1904).

D) David Marcus (1924).

7. Who was the first guest at the West Point Hotel, which was located on the level of the plain east of Trophy Point until 1932?

A) Mrs. Arthur MacArthur, mother of Douglas MacArthur..

B) The parents of a plebe.

C) General Winfield Scott, Commander in Chief of the Army.

D) Sylvanus Thayer, former Superintendent.

8. What do Emmanuel Cepeda (1934), Parker Calvert (1937) and Russell W Volckmann (1934) have in common?

A) They were killed when their POW ship was sunk by American subs..

B) They landed in enemy controlled Italy in September of 1943 to help negotiate the surrender of Italy with Marshal Badoglio..

C) They served as aides to Douglas MacArthur at the start of  WW II..

D) They were  leaders of a  guerrilla force which became part of Sixth Army when MacArthur returned to the Philippines..

9. Which of the following was not part of the career of Hugh Lenox Scott (1874), great-great-great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin?

A) The Army`s foremost expert on Indian sign language.

B) Emissary to Cuban rebel commander Garcia.

C) Chief of Staff, United States Army

D) Superintendent, U. S. Military Academy

10. How did West Point learn how to adapt the cadet full dress uniform with tails to females when the first women were admitted in 1976?

A) No changes were made.

B) West Point consulted with the costume people at Radio City Music Hall to see how they adapted jackets with tails to female anatomy for the Rockettes.

C) West Point consulted with the Israeli Army to see how they adapted dress uniforms for female officers.

D) West Point consulted with Frederick`s of Hollywood to see what the best adjustments would be.

Answer to Teaser from last time:  The future Superintendent of West Point who, as a lieutenant in the midst of battle, met a senior officer who later became President of the United States was Lieutenant Albert Mills (1879).  He won the Medal of Honor in Cuba and lost the sight of one eye (and temporary sight of both).  While convalescing, he was appointed Superintendent although still a First Lieutenant.  The senior officer who was disoriented and confused by the din of battle was Teddy Roosevelt.  Mills found Roosevelt a horse and advised him to mount up, wave his sword in the air, and tell the milling mass of soldiers to rally and follow him.  Roosevelt did so and the battle of Santiago (which included the attack on San Juan Hill) was won.

Teaser for next time:  Name the graduate who became known as ``Nessim Bey``, achieved the ranks of Bimbashi and later Caimacan of the Bashi Bazouks of the Turkish Army; distinguished himself in combat in Russia; was breveted Brigadier General in the U. S. Army for dashing cavalry actions (but was discharged for disciplinary reasons); became a Papal Count and Secret Chamberlain of the Cloak and Sword for the Pope; became a French General of Brigade, winning the Legion of Honor; then became Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army; and finally served in the Turkish and Bulgarian Armies?

This concludes Trivia Test No. 10. Thanks for participating.

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