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West Point History and Trivia. Part I


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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 History and Trivia. Part I

  1. 1. WEST POINT Facts and Trivia I
  2. 2. West Point Then
  3. 3. WEST POINT What is the subject of the Mural in Washington Hall? The mural depicts the history of arms from earliest times as symbolized by the leaders of 20 great battles decisive in charting the course of civilization. Development of the weapons of war is also portrayed in authentic detail.
  4. 4. WEST POINT What is the origin of cadet grey? It was adopted to commemorate General Jacob Brown's impressive victory over the British at the Battle of Chippawa, 5 July 1814. Due to the inability of the government to furnish the troops with blue at the particular time, General Brown's regular troops were clothed in gray. The British initially thought that they were up against gray-clad militia troops, which they had earlier defeated.
  5. 5. WEST POINT What war contributed the most cannons to those of the West Point collection? 104 cannons were retained from the Mexican War.
  6. 6. WEST POINT When was over half of the American Army stationed at West Point? After the Revolutionary War, Congress reduced the Army to 80 men, 55 of whom were stationed at West Point. NEW YORK MINUTE
  7. 7. WEST POINT Who paid for Battle Monument? The contributions of 6% of a month's pay from the officers and men of the Regular Army for a period of years. Which sucked for them.
  8. 8. WEST POINT When was a Fourth Classman presented the Medal of Honor? Cadet Calvin P. Titus, a Fourth Classman, was awarded the Congressional Medal of honor for gallantry at Peking, China, 14 August1900, while a soldier of the 14th United States Infantry. The medal was presented by President Theodore Roosevelt, 11June1902.
  9. 9. WEST POINT Leadership Principles: "Leadership in a democratic army means firmness, not harshness; understanding, not weakness; pride, not egotism." --General Omar Bradley "History will show that no man rose to military greatness, who could not convince his troops that he put them first." --General Maxwell Taylor "I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, then he is gone." --General Dwight Eisenhower
  10. 10. WEST POINT What was the shortest tour served by a Superintendent? Five days. General Pierre G. T. Beauregard of 1838, served as Superintendent from 23 January to 28 January 1861. He was reportedly relieved for his Southern sympathies.
  11. 11. WEST POINT What is the Sunday night poop? Six bells and all is well. Another week shot to hell. Another week in my little gray cell. Another week in which to excel. Oh, hell. Oh yeah, I remember that.
  12. 12. WEST POINT Who put the reveille cannon on top of the Clock Tower? It is believed that Cadet Douglas MacArthur and a small group of cadets put the reveille cannon on the Clock Tower one night. It took two weeks to get it down.
  13. 13. WEST POINT What is Murphy's Law? 1. Nature always sides with the hidden flaw. 2. Things, if left to themselves, go from bad to worse. TRUTH NEW YORK MINUTE
  14. 14. WEST POINT Who headed the building of the Panama Canal? Major General George Washington Goethals, Class of 1880.
  15. 15. WEST POINT With what is Abner Doubleday, Class of 1842, credited? He is credited with having invented the sport of Baseball. Probably late on a Sunday night, while bored.
  16. 16. WEST POINT Who was the first man killed in an airplane crash? 1st Lieutenant E. Selfridge, USMA Class of 1903, was killed at Fort Myer, VA on 17 September 1908, when the plane in which he was riding with Orville Wright crashed.
  17. 17. What is the history of the Class Ring? The class of 1835 was the first class to wear class rings. The Class of 1836 had no ring, but each succeeding class had one except for the Class of 1879, who chose cuff links. Before 1869, each person designed his own ring. In 1869, the ring committee was instituted to adopt a uniform design. The ring of today is designed by the Ring and Crest Committee. The ring varies from year to year but it always includes the Academy Crest and the Class Crest. The ring is worn with the Class Crest towards the heart before graduation and the Academy Crest toward the heart after graduation.
  18. 18. WEST POINT Who used artillery fire on his former artillery instructor? General Beauregard fired upon Major Anderson, who was stationed at Fort Sumter. NEW YORK MINUTE
  19. 19. WEST POINT What is the inscription on Benedict Arnold's plaque, and where is it? The inscription contains only the rank and date of birth. Both the name and date of death have been gouged out. The plaque is in the Old Cadet Chapel (Post Cemetery).
  20. 20. WEST POINTWho officially sanctioned or authorized the formation of the Cadet Honor Committee? In 1921, General Douglas MacArthur, then Superintendent, formally recognized the Vigilance Committee and formed the Cadet Honor Committee. Since that time, the Honor Committee has been in existence to uphold the Honor portion of the Academy motto.
  21. 21. What West Point class suffered the largest number of casualties in the Vietnam War? 30 members of the Class of 1966 were killed in action, over 5% of the class. NEW YORK MINUTE
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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.”
  24. 24. What is more important... Honor or Loyalty? FREE
  25. 25. What if a there is a coup planned by a secret group of West Pointers called The Line?
  26. 26. Print Book Free downloadable Powerpoint slideshows on survival, history writing, and interesting information are available HERE
  27. 27. 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: