West Point Trivia Test Number 12.

By John Ward, '64

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1. What West Point graduate was awarded the Congressional Lifesaving Medal of Honor for saving 3 boys from drowning in Salem Massachusetts?

A) George S. Patton Jr. (Class of 1909)

B) Edward T Brown  (Class of1873).

C) Harry A. Flint (Class of 1912)

D) Alison M. Jones (Class of 1999)

2. What West Point graduate patented the first crystal radio receiver?

A) Russell Thayer (Class of 1874)

B) Isaac Lewis (Class of 1884)

C) Henry Dunwoody  (Class of 1866)

D) William S. Smith  (Class of 1853).

3. How many West Point graduates were killed with Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn??

A) 69.

B) 5.

C) 14

D) 4.

4. On January 1, at a few minutes past midnight, the cannons on Trophy Point began a steady cannonade, while from the windows of barracks came a steady stream of roman candles, skyrockets, and other pyrotechnics.  What year did this happen??

A) 1826.

B) 1963.

C) 1880.

D) 1825.

5. What aspect of cadet life was introduced on February 17, 1826?

A) That cadets may not marry.

B) That the gray uniform be officially adopted..

C) That cadets must get periodic haircuts.

D) That chevrons to denote cadet rank be worn to denote cadet rank..

6. Robert E. Lee, as Superintendent, proposed a full dress hat remarkably similar to the one now in use.   Which set of specifications describe the cadet officer's version best?

A) 6 1/2 inches high, 16 oz., feather plume, cost $5, symbol on front eagle and castle..

B) 9 inches high, 10 1/4 oz., pompon, cost $3, symbol on front crossed cannons and eagle.

C) 8 inches high, 12 oz., feather plume, cost $5, symbol on front helmet and sword without shield or eagle.

D) 7 inches high, 10 1/4 oz., feather plume, cost $2, symbol on front eagle and castle.

7. What was done by the Superintendent after the event described in Question No. 4 above??

A) Over a dozen cadets were court martialed and dismissed..

B) All cadet officers were reduced to the ranks.

C) Some cadet officers were reduced and privileges were curtailed.

D) Cadets were required to clean up the mess and pay for the damage on a pro rata basis.

8. What West Pointer active in the Indian Wars had a brother who won TWO medals of honor but was later killed by hostile indians?

A) Charles Varnum (Class of 1872)

B) George Custer (Class of  June 1861)

C) Guy V Henry (Class of May 1861).

D) Robert L. Howze (Class of 1888).

9. There have been two West Point graduates who won the Medal of Honor BEFORE entering West Point.   Calvin P. Titus was one.  Who was the other??

A) Powhatan H Clarke (Class of 1884).

B) Samuel S. Coursen  (Class of 1949).

C) John G. Bourke  Class of 1869).

D) Demas T Craw (Class of 1924).

10. What were the ingredients of Benny Havens famous "flip" that drew so many cadets to his establishment?

A) Corn whiskey, coffee, syrup, and spices and a red-hot iron.

B) Corn whiskey, eggs, coffee, honey, absinthe, and a red-hot iron.

C) Ale or Cider, eggs, sugar or honey, spices and a red-hot iron..

D) Ale or Cider, coffee, sugar or honey, absinthe, and a red-hot iron.

Answer to Teaser from last time: The Jewish graduate who was commissioned in the Infantry and fought America's frontier wars for several years before resigning to join a foreign army seeking to overthrow that country's central government was Samuel Noah, Class of 1807.  After service on the Florida frontier, he joined Augustus W. Magee (Class of 1809), who led the ``Republican Army of the North`` also known as the ``Mexican Patriot Army``, which invaded Texas, then part of Mexico, belonging to Spain.  The Patriot Army succeeded in capturing the provincial capital, Salcedo, but Magee was killed on March 10, 1813.  At that point America was involved in the War of 1812, for which Noah returned to the United States and sought another commission, which was refused, probably because he had been born in England.  Undaunted, he enlisted in the volunteers.   Samuel Noah eventually became and remained West Point's oldest living graduate from August 20, 1865 to May 10, 1871.

Teaser for next time: This graduate resigned as a 1st Lieutenant after a little more than 5 years of service.  He then became an industrial leader, managing the Railway Division of a major corporation.   He explored Africa, Central Asia, and Borneo, being named a member of the Royal Geographical Society for his African expedition.  He then was placed in charge of an international relief effort before becoming Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.   He wrote books as diverse as "Tibet and Turkestan", "International War - Its Causes and Its Cure" and "Strikes - When to Strike and How to Strike."   Who was he?

This concludes Trivia Test No. 12. Thanks for participating.

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