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West Point Facts and Trivia II

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Interesting facts, history, and insight about the United States Military Academy at West Point. The graduates, the place, the plebe information that has to be memorized.

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West Point Facts and Trivia II

  1. 1. WEST POINT Facts and Trivia II
  2. 2. WEST POINT Who commanded the major battles of the Civil War? There were 60 important battles of the War. In 55 of them, graduates commanded on both sides; in the remaining 5, a graduate commanded one of the opposing sides.
  3. 3. WEST POINT What did Sherman, Class of 1840, say of war? ------ “There is many a boy who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell."
  4. 4. WEST POINT Where was Execution Hollow and what was its significance? Execution Hollow was a depression in the Northeast part of the parade ground. It was the location of executions during the Revolutionary War.
  5. 5. WEST POINT Robert Woods, USMA '45, won an athletic letter in football at both West Point and Annapolis. Who was his Navy counterpart? Midshipman Joseph A. Grace, Jr., USNA '80, was a starter at Navy in soccer. In his junior year, he came to Army on a 6 month Academy Exchange Program. While here, he played starting center fullback for the entire year under Coach Joe Palone, beating Air Force and his teammates at Navy 1-0! He returned to Navy for his senior year and returned the favor, beating Army 2-0 and scoring the winning goal!
  6. 6. WEST POINT What event marked the beginning of competitive intercollegiate athletics at West Point? Army-Navy football game of 1890.
  7. 7. WEST POINT Who and from what class was the "Father of the Military Academy?” Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, Class of 1808.
  8. 8. What is the history of the Great Chain? By the year 1777 it had been determined that West Point was the most practical site for the construction of a chain and its defending artillery. The chain was constructed by Peter Townsend in the Sterling Iron Works, 25 miles southwest of West Point. It was installed, along with supporting artillery, under the direction of General Parsons in 1778. The purpose of the Great Chain was to obstruct navigation on the Hudson River thereby cutting the British supply lines. The Chain was 1700 feet long. There were approximately 1200 links, each of which weighted between 90 and 122 pounds. It was stapled to large logs in order to float it and reached from Chain Cove to Constitution Island. The great Chain was protected by a boom just south of it. The boom, made of logs chained together, was placed so that a ship striking it would be slowed down to the point that it could not break the chain.
  9. 9. The Great Chain Artillery was emplaced on the bluffs of West Point, overlooking the river. A Great Chain was built and stretched across the Hudson.
  10. 10. WEST POINT What are the names of the Army Mules? Spartacus, Ranger, Trooper, and Traveller.
  11. 11. WEST POINT For what is the Cadet Chapel organ noted? It is the largest church organ and the third largest organ in the world. In all there are over 18,700 pipes.
  12. 12. WEST POINT What do the stained glass windows in the north wing of the Mess Hall depict? The life of George Washington.
  13. 13. WEST POINT What is the oldest regularly garrisoned military post in the United States? West Point has been garrisoned since 20 January1778.
  14. 14. WEST POINT Where is the Kissing Tree? On Flirtation Walk at Camp Buckner. It is a tree with a large orange band painted on it, 112 yards from Barth Hall.
  15. 15. WEST POINT What are the mistakes on the French Monument? Curved saber, straight scabbard; wind blowing flag in one direction, coat tails in the other; cannonballs larger than bore of cannon; button unbuttoned.
  16. 16. WEST POINT What graduate turned down an Olympic team position to join his classmate in Korea? Lieutenant Richard Shea, Class of 1952 (USMAPS 1948). He was the hero of Pork Chop Hill where he won the Medal of Honor.
  17. 17. WEST POINT How did General Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of Staff, first win his fame? As an artillery Lieutenant walking under fire to Peking's Imperial City gate in 1901 and chalking targets for his guns on the hinges of the gates.
  18. 18. WEST POINTWho are the past 5 Generals of the Army and Air Force and which one was not a USMA graduate? General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold, USMA 1907; General of the Army Omar N. Bradley, USMA 1915; General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, USMA 1915; General of the Army Douglas C. MacArthur, USMA 1903; General of the Army George C. Marshall, VMI, 1901.
  19. 19. WEST POINT Of the 294 West Point graduates serving in the Confederacy during the Civil War, how many became General Officers? 14 of the West Point graduates serving in the Confederacy became General Officers.
  20. 20. WEST POINT Of the 800 West Point graduates serving the Union Army during the Civil War, how many became General Officers? 297 of the 800 West Pointers became General Officers. At the beginning of the Civil War no graduate of West Point was a General Officer.
  21. 21. WEST POINT Will Kane, the protagonist of New York Minute, is a fictional member of the class of .66 and his Vietnam experiences in the 173rd Airborne in the battles at Dak To in 1967 and then in Special Forces and getting involved in the Green Beret Affair in 1969, shape his future as we see him in this series. NEW YORK MINUTE
  22. 22. New York City. 1970s. West Point class of 1966. 173rd Airborne. 5th Special Forces. Now, he’s back home in New York City. “Fans of Jack Reacher look no further.” http://bobmayer.com/fiction/
  23. 23. What is more important... Honor or Loyalty? FREE
  24. 24. What if a there is a coup planned by a secret group of West Pointers called The Line?
  25. 25. Print Book Free downloadable Powerpoint slideshows on survival, history writing, and interesting information are available HERE
  26. 26. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 75 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Shadow Warriors, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and dogs. For free eBooks, audio, slideshows and more go to: www.bobmayer.com

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