Special Sub-Topic: 10 Degrees of General George S. Patton, Jr.
|George S. Patton, Jr. had a great uncle named Waller T. Patton who died for the Confederacy at which Civil War battle?|
Gettysburg. Waller Patton was a Colonel in the 7th Virginia Infantry and died of mortal wounds during "Pickett's Charge" during the Battle of Gettysburg.
|Waller T. Patton and Stonewall Jackson share many things in common. Which statement below is true?|
Both are buried at the Stonewall Memorial Cemetery in Lexington Virginia. While both fought at Second Manassas, only Patton was wounded. Jackson graduated from West Point, however he was a professor at V.M.I. when Patton was a student there in the 1850s.
|Stonewall Jackson was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute (V.M.I.) which was also the location for the filming of a 1935 movie starring Ronald Reagan. What is the name of the movie?|
Brother Rat. "Rat" is the term used for a new cadet at V.M.I. "Brother Rat" was originally a Broadway hit, and was written by John Monks and Fred Finklehoffe, both 1932 graduates of V.M.I.
|In WWII actors Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Stewart both served in the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU). Which actor actually was involved in combat action during the war?|
Jimmy Stewart. Reagan was disqualified from combat action due to an astigmatism but did make training and educational films for the war effort. Stewart flew 20 combat missions as a B-24 bomber pilot in Europe and rose to the rank of Colonel by the war's end.
|Colonel Jimmy Stewart was part of the U.S. Army Air Forces 8th Air Force commanded by General Carl A. Spaatz. Which statement below is false about the career of General Spaatz.|
He was an American "Ace" shooting down 6 enemy planes in WWI. Spaatz only shot down 3 planes in WWI as part of the American Expeditionary Forces 31st Aero Squadron. You need 5 to become an "Ace."
|In 1929 mission commander Carl Spaatz and chief pilot Ira Eaker established a new aviation record. Which record did these future WWII Generals establish? |
A flight endurance record of 150 hours with midair refueling. They kept a modified Fokker C-2 airplane called the "Question Mark" in the air over Los Angeles for 150 hours by receiving mid air refueling from another aircraft flying overhead.
|Future WWII Generals Ira Eaker and Douglas MacArthur both served tours of duty in the Philippines between WWI and WWII. In 1928 MacArthur was also head of which organization?|
1928 U. S. Olympic Committee. The USA was #1 in gold (22) and total medals (56) in the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. MacArthur was however Superintendent at West Point (1919), Chief of Staff of the U. S. Army (1930) and a Field Marshall in the Philippine Army (1937-41), but was not head of those organizations in 1928.
|During WWII Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George C. Marshall and Henry "Hap" Arnold were the only 5-Star Generals of the U. S. Army. Of the four who had the most seniority?|
George C. Marshall. All were appointed in December 1944, however Marshall was appointed on the 16th and therefore had seniority. The others: MacArthur on the 18th, Eisenhower on the 20th and Arnold on the 21st.
|U. S. Generals George C. Marshall, Alexander Haig, and Colin Powell have much in common. Which statement below is true?|
All have been the U. S. Secretary of State. Marshall was Secretary of State under Harry Truman (1947-49), Haig under Ronald Reagan (1981-82) and Powell under George W. Bush (2001-05).
|U. S. Army Generals Alexander Haig and George S. Patton, Jr. have much in common. Which statement below is false?|
Both were born in California. Patton (from California) and Haig (from Pennsylvania) are 4-Star Generals awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nations 2nd highest medal for heroism (Patton in WWI and Haig in Vietnam). Patton served under MacArthur in 1932 and while Haig served under him in Japan before the Korean War.
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