FREE! Click here to Join FunTrivia. Thousands of games, quizzes, and lots more!
US Secret Service Quizzes, Trivia and Puzzles
US Secret Service Quizzes, Trivia

U.S. Secret Service Trivia

U.S. Secret Service Trivia Quizzes

  1. Home
  2. »
  3. Quizzes
  4. »
  5. World Trivia
  6. »
  7. U.S. Law

Fun Trivia
3 quizzes and 30 trivia questions.
1.
  The Not So Secret ...U.S. Secret Service   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Who are all of those guys in suits and dark glasses hanging around the President of the United States? Why do they wear ear pieces and talk into their coat sleeves? They are part of one of the country's oldest federal law enforcement agencies.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, airbossjohnson, Nov 25 08
Very Difficult
airbossjohnson
1080 plays
2.
  Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The U.S. Secret Service uses codenames and codewords to help facilitate and expedite radio and telephone messages. Can you identify the correct meaning of the codenames and codewords in these messages?
Tough, 10 Qns, MaceoMack, Sep 04 13
Tough
MaceoMack
247 plays
3.
  U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Since the late 1940s, the U.S. Secret Service has used codenames to identify the President of the United States, his family, and other high profile government figures. This quiz will test your knowledge of some of those names. Good luck.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, MaceoMack, Dec 08 23
Very Difficult
MaceoMack
Dec 08 23
631 plays

U.S. Secret Service Trivia Questions

1. A U.S. Secret Service Detail assigned to Presidential protection discusses on their radios, the movements of their protectee, known as "Eagle". Which President of the United States were they referring to?

From Quiz
U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: Bill Clinton

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, known by the Secret Service codename of "Eagle" was the 42nd President of the United States, and served two terms in office from January 20, 1993 until January 20, 2001. Other Secret Service codenames for presidents included "Tumbler" for George W. Bush, "Rawhide" for Ronald Reagan, and "Timberwolf" for George H. W. Bush. Codenames for political VIP's are assigned by the White House Communications Agency, (formally known as the White House Signal Detachment), which was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 25, 1942.

2. In what year was the Secret Service created?

From Quiz The Not So Secret ...U.S. Secret Service

Answer: 1865

The Secret Service was commissioned on June 23,1865 in Washington D.C. It became the second federal law enforcement agency in the country.

3. Instructions received by the White House Presidential Security Detail indicated that POTUS would depart ANDY and head RINGSIDE, and can later be contacted at ROADHOUSE. In this message, what is RINGSIDE?

From Quiz Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes

Answer: Madison Square Garden in New York

Located in 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets, Madison Square Garden is a complex of four arenas, best known as the venue for various sports events. Madison Square Garden has also been the venue of political events and celebrations throughout the history of the complex. It was the site of the Democratic National Convention in 1924, 1976, 1980, and 1992. The Republican National Convention was held there in 2004. One legendary event held there was the celebration of the 45th birthday of President John F. Kennedy on November 19, 1962, when movie blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe rendered the "unique" version of her song, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President". Some referred to it as a serenade. The complete message was: "POTUS (President of the United States) will be leaving ANDY (Andrews Air Force Base), and go the RINGSIDE (Madison Square Garden in New York City), and can later be contacted at ROADHOUSE (Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City)". *** When originally developed, codes and codename were used for primarily for security purposes. The origination of codenames and codes were the result of onetime concerns when confidential electronic communications were not routinely encrypted.

4. "Timberwolf" was the subject of the radio chatter between agents, involving the forming of a Presidential Motorcade. Which President went by the code name of "Timberwolf"?

From Quiz U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: George H. W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush "Timberwolf" served as the 41st President if the United States from January 20, 1989 until January 20, 1993. Other Secret Service codenames included "Searchlight" which was assigned to Richard M. Nixon, "Rawhide", the codename Ronald Reagan went by, and "Pass Key", the name selected for Gerald Ford. Codenames are normally selected completely at random, and bears no actual reflection on the person assigned the name.

5. What was the primary mission of the Secret Service when it was created?

From Quiz The Not So Secret ...U.S. Secret Service

Answer: To suppress counterfeit currency

Since its creation, the Secret Service has had primary jurisdiction over the prevention of counterfeiting of U.S. currency and U.S. treasury bonds and notes, which is why the agency was established under the Department of the Treasury.

6. The agenda was clear. POTUS would leave COBWEB, meet FLOTUS and head for BUCKEYE. In this message, what is BUCKEYE?

From Quiz Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes

Answer: Camp David in Maryland

Camp David is an isolated and secluded Naval Support Center, about 60 miles North of Washington D.C., and serves as the mountain retreat for the President of the United states. The retreat was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his administration, and was called "Shangri-La". After taking the office of President, Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of the compound to Camp David, in honor of his grandson, Dwight David Eisenhower II. The complete message was: "POTUS (President of the United States) will leave COBWEB (Vice President's office, meet FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), and then head for BUCKEYE (Camp David, Maryland). *** Secret Service codes and codenames are currently used primarily for brevity in messages and more easily understood communications between agents and other public agencies..

7. A member if the First Family, "Lyric" was the subject of many logistical discussion, regarding her security. Who was designated by Secret Service codename as "Lyric"?

From Quiz U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, or "lyric" as she was know to the Secret Service, was born on November 27, 1957, and was four years old when her father, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated on January 20, 1961, as the 35th President of the United States. Betty Ford, the wife of President Gerald Ford was known by the codename "Pinafore", Amy Carter, daughter of President Jimmy Carter, was known by the codename of "Dynamo" and First Lady, Nancy Reagan was known as "Rainbow" to the Secret Service. While security was the primary reason for the use of codenames, in recent years, use has been primarily for brevity and clarity of communications on the telephone and on the radio, to facilitate clear and understandable messages.

8. Departing BLOWTORCH, Agent Ernest Fox joined BAMBOO enroute to COACH HOUSE. In this message, what (or who) is COACH HOUSE?

From Quiz Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes

Answer: Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.

Washington Dulles International Airport is the public airport that serves the greater Washington, D.C. area. It is located 25 miles West of Washington, D.C., in Dulles, Virginia. The airport was named for John Foster Dulles, who served as Secretary of State in the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The complete message is: "Departing BLOWTORCH (Secret Service Executive Protection Command Post), Agent Ernest Fox joined BAMBOO (Presidential Motorcade) en route to COACH HOUSE (Dulles Airport in Washington D.C.). *** Code names are usually selected at random, with emphasis being placed on the use of unambiguous words that are easy to pronounce and readily understood by concerned parties. *** Code names are assigned by The White House Communication Office.

9. "General" was the codename assigned to which President of the United States?

From Quiz U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: Harry S. Truman

The first president to receive a codename, Harry S. Truman was designated as "General". Other Presidential codenames were "Scorecard" and "Providence" for the one time Army General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, "Searchlight" for Richard M. Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson was known as "Volunteer".

10. When did the Secret Service assume full-time responsibility for protection of the President?

From Quiz The Not So Secret ...U.S. Secret Service

Answer: 1902

In 1894, the Secret Service began informal part-time protection for President Grover Cleveland. After the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, Congress informally requested Secret Service presidential protection. A year later, the Secret Service assumed the responsibility full time. Two operatives (agents) were assigned full time to the White House Detail.

11. It was Agent Henry James who announced that NIGHTHAWK would rendezvous with HOLLY and FINLEY at the PLAYGROUND. In this message, who (or what) is FINLEY?

From Quiz Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes

Answer: Secretary of Defense

The Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense, and is a member of the Presidential Cabinet, serving as the primary advisor to the President of the Unit States on matters concerning the armed services and military. By Federal statute, the Secretary of Defense must be a civilian who has not been active or associated with the military services for at least 10 years. The Secretary of Defense is 6th in line for succession to the Presidency of the United States. The complete message is: NIGHTHAWK (The President's helicopter) will rendezvous with HOLLY (Army helicopter) and FINLEY (Secretary of Defense) at the PLAYGROUND (Helicopter landing pad at the Pentagon). *** Code names are used by the Secret Service during radio and telephone communications for purpose of brevity in long or possibly complicated messages, and as a means to insure the clear understanding of communicated information.

12. Which political figure was known as "Renegade" to his/her U.S. Secret Service detail?

From Quiz U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: Barack Obama

Throughout his successful campaign to become the 44th President of the United States, Obama was known by the Secret Service codename of "Renegade". Other candidates in quest of the Nation's top two offices were Senator John McCain, codename "Phoenix", Senator Hilliary Clinton, who went by the code name of "Evergreen", and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, who was known as "Denali".

13. Who was the first Secret Service agent to be killed in the line of duty?

From Quiz The Not So Secret ...U.S. Secret Service

Answer: William Craig

Agent Craig was killed while riding in a presidential motorcade. The 46 year old agent was killed on September 3, 1902 when a speeding trolley car crashed into the open-air horse carriage carrying President Theodore Roosevelt in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The President received only superficial cuts and bruises.

14. SHOTGUN and BROADSIDE will assist in the preparations for EAGLE's excursion to the WAREHOUSE. In this statement, what is BROADSIDE?

From Quiz Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes

Answer: New York City Protection Command Post

The New York City Protection Command Post is a unit comprised of various New York City resources (police, fire, and medical services) formed to coordinate the safety of dignitaries visiting the City of New York. The full message was: SHOTGUN (New York City Command Post) and BROADSIDE (New York City Protection Command Post) will assist in the preparations for EAGLE'S (President Bill Clinton) excursion to WAREHOUSE (Sheraton Center in New York). * Sheraton Center is a location that contains executive conference rooms.

15. "Providence" was known to run a "tight ship" with his Secret Service detail. Which U.S. President went by the code name of "Providence"?

From Quiz U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower served as a five star general in the United States Army before being elected as the 34th President of the United States. Eisenhower served two terms in office, from January 20, 1953 until January 20, 1961. During his terms, he was known first by the codename "Scorecard" which was later changed to "Providence". Other codenames of Presidents or that era included "Lancer" for John F. Kennedy, "Volunteer" for Lyndon B. Johnson, and "Searchlight" for Richard M. Nixon.

16. How many members of the Secret Service have died while actually defending the president from an assassination attempt?

From Quiz The Not So Secret ...U.S. Secret Service

Answer: one

Private Leslie Coffelt of the White House Police Force (now known as the Secret Service Uniformed Division) was killed on November 1, 1950 during an assassination attempt on President Harry Truman. Two Puerto Rican nationalist and independence advocates Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo, who were angry with the treatment of Puerto Rico by the United States, attempted to enter the President's residence at the Blair-Lee House to assassinate him. At the time the White House (across the street) was under renovation for severe structural problems. Torresola approached the guard booth at the west corner of the Blair-Lee house, encountered Pvt. Coffelt who was sitting inside, and opened fire with his German 9 mm Luger semi-automatic pistol at close range. Three of the shots struck Coffelt in the chest and abdomen, mortally wounding the agent. As Torresola was firing at other White House Policemen, the mortally wounded Coffelt staggered out of his guard booth, leaned against it, and aimed his revolver at Torresola. Coffelt squeezed the trigger and fired, hitting Torresola in the head, killing him instantly. Coffelt succumbed to his wounds in a hospital four hours later.

17. STAGE COACH and HALFBACK were sent to BAMBOO for the COMPANION trip. In this message, who or what is HALFBACK?

From Quiz Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes

Answer: the President's follow vehicle

In a "standard" Presidential motorcade of 27 vehicles, the 7th vehicle is the designated President's follow car (assuming that the #6 vehicle in the motorcade is the limousine carrying the President), and contains members of the United States Secret Service. Like Marine One (The President's helicopter), the Presidential limousines are airlifted (usually by the Air Force C-17 Globemaster III Cargo Planes) to where ever the President travels. The message is" STAGE COACH (the President's limousine) and HALFBACK (the President's follow vehicle) were sent to BAMBOO (Presidential Motorcade) for the COMPANION (Blair House) trip. *** As a matter of tradition, Secret Service Codenames assigned to members of the First Family all begin with the same letter of the alphabet. In the case of Barack Obama, who was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, his codename was "Renegade". His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama was assigned the codename of "Renaissance". The two daughters of the Obamas, Malia and Sasha were assigned the codenames "Radiance" and "Rosebud", respectively. For George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, through his two terms, his codename was first "Tumbler", which was later changed to "Trailblazer". First Lady Laura Bush was designated as "Tempo". The Bush twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna were assigned the codenames "Turquoise" and "Twinkle", respectively.

18. "Lancer" helped to guide the United States through a difficult time in American History. Who was the President of the United States referred to by the codename of "Lancer"?

From Quiz U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: John F. Kennedy

Kennedy's codename may have been chosen to reflect the "Camelot" era ushered in by his administration, but there is no official word to support that fact. Richard M. Nixon was known as "Searchlight" to the Secret Service, Ronald Reagan went by the codename of "Rawhide", and Bill Clinton was known as "Eagle".

19. Under which federal department's jurisdiction does the Secret Service operate?

From Quiz The Not So Secret ...U.S. Secret Service

Answer: Department of Homeland Security

The Secret Service was founded and operated under the U.S. Department of the Treasury until 2003. In 2002, the Department of Homeland Security was established with the passage of Public Laws 107-296, which in part, transferred the United States Secret Service from the Department of the Treasury to the new department, effective March 1, 2003.

20. At 1530 hours, CROWN reported COWPUNCHER was WHEELS UP with CHANDLER staffers, and that DOG POUND was close behind. What or who is DOGPOUND?

From Quiz Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes

Answer: aircraft carrying the press

The press and media are sometimes transported in a second aircraft to cover the activities of the President of the United States. The Presidential aircraft, with the designation of Air Force One (when the President is on board) can also accommodate the press and media. The message was: At 1530 hours (3:30pm), CROWN (White House Situation Room) reported COWPUNCHER (Air Force One) was WHEELS UP (Take off of Presidential aircraft) with CHANDLER (U.S. Department of State) staffers, and that DOG POUND (press aircraft) close behind.

21. One of the more prominent persons in any Presidential administration is The First Lady. Which First Lady went by the codename of "Starlight"?

From Quiz U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: Pat Nixon

"Lace" was the codename designation of Jacqueline Kennedy, Secret Service agents referred to Lady Bird Johnson as "Victoria", and "Pinafore" was the name conferred on Betty Ford.

22. What are persons under the protection of the Secret Service referred to as, by the agency?

From Quiz The Not So Secret ...U.S. Secret Service

Answer: Protectees

The Secret Service is authorized by law to protect: * the president, the vice president, (or other individuals next in of succession to the Office of the President), the president- elect and the vice president-elect; * the immediate families of the above individuals; * former presidents, their spouses for their lifetimes, except when the spouse re-marries. In 1997, Congressional legislation became effective limiting Secret Service protection to former Presidents for a period of not more than 10 years from the date the former President leaves office. * children of former presidents until age 16; * visiting heads of foreign states or governments and their spouses traveling with them, other distinguished foreign visitors to the United States, and official representatives of the United States performing special missions abroad; * major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, and their spouses within 120 days of a general Presidential election.

23. Historical records from the Secret Service indicate that on February 10, 1982 CLAW HAMMER traveled to BRIMSTONE to personally notify RAWHIDE of the situation. In this statement, who was CLAW HAMMER?

From Quiz Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes

Answer: Alexander Haig

A former U.S. Army General, Alexander Haig was selected by President Ronald Reagan for the position of Secretary of State. Haig held the position from January 22, 1981 until July 5, 1982. Haig, a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War, later served as the 4th Deputy National Security Adviser in Richard Nixon's administration from 1970-1973, as White House Chief of Staff in 1973 and 1974 under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and as 7th Supreme Allied Commander Europe from December 15, 1974 until July 1 1979. Translation of this statement would be: Historical records from the Secret Service indicate that on February 10, 1982, CLAW HAMMER (Secretary of State Alexander Haig) traveled to BRIMSTONE (Ronald Reagan Ranch in California) to personally notify RAWHIDE (President Ronald Reagan) of the situation. In case you were wondering, both Frank Sinatra and Pope John Paul II, had secret service codenames. Sinatra was known as NAPOLEON, and Pope John Paul II was HALO.

24. Even the children of the Nations Chief executive gets into the act. Which Presidential offspring was referred to by the U.S. Secret Service as "Dynamo"?

From Quiz U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: Amy Carter

Other codenames assigned to Presidential children included "Twinkle" belonging to Jenna Bush, "Radiant" assigned to Ron Reagan, and "Energy" assigned to Chelsea Clinton.

25. What significant role did Timothy J. McCarthy play in the history of the Secret Service?

From Quiz The Not So Secret ...U.S. Secret Service

Answer: Only agent to survive a bullet wound during a presidential assassination attempt

While all Secret Service are trained to "take a bullet for the President," Timothy J. McCarthy is the only agent who's actually done so. On March 30, 1981, McCarthy was shot in the abdomen by John W. Hinkley, after leaping between President Ronald Reagan and Hinkley, as Hinkley fired six shots at close range at Reagan. Reagan was hit by the gunfire, but recovered from his wound, as did McCarthy and two other gunshot victims. Also wounded in the attempted assassination outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. were Presidential Press Secretary James Brady and District of Columbia Police Officer Thomas Delehanty.

26. Agent-in-charge Mason reported BANDBOX visited BASEBALL prior to heading to CARTWHEEL before the conference with PACEMAKER. Who or what is BASEBALL?

From Quiz Decoding the U.S. Secret Service Codes

Answer: Secret Service Training Division

The Secret Service Training Division maintains a training facility in Beltsville, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. Agents receive their initial training, an intensive 12-week program, at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Facility in Glynco, Georgia. Following successful completion, agents undergo another 12 weeks of specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Beltsville. The center was named for the man who served as head of the Secret Service from 1961 until 1973. In addition to the standard training on law enforcement and protection procedures, agent receive training in diplomatic immunity, international treaties, and protocol. The complete message is: Agent-in Charge Mason reported BANDBOX (White House Security Detail) visited BASEBALL (Secret Service Training Division) prior to heading for CARTWHEEL (National Security Agency Headquarters at Ft. Meade, Maryland) before the conference with PACEMAKER (Vice President of the United States). References used for this quiz included: Secret Service Codenames www.2600.com/secret_more/codes Wikipedia - Secret Service Codenames en.wikipedia.org/wiki/secret_servicezz-codensmes Secret Service Codenames www.nndb.com/lists1050/000140291

27. As the number two man in the governmental structure, which Vice President of the United States was assigned the codenames "Sawhorse" or "Sundance"?

From Quiz U.S. Secret Service Codenames for VIP's

Answer: Al Gore

Gore, a two term Vive President under Bill Clinton went by two codenames during his eight year term. "Sawhorse" was the first codename he was referred to as. For reasons unknown, his codename was later changed to "Sundance". Other codenames assigned to Vice Presidents included "Angler" for Dick Cheney, "Cavalier" and later "Dragon" for Walter Mondale, and "Scorecard", later changes to "Supervisor" for Dan Quayle.

This is category 18594
Last Updated Jun 15 2024 5:51 AM
play trivia = Top 5% Rated Quiz, take trivia quiz Top 10% Rated Quiz, test trivia quiz Top 20% Rated Quiz, popular trivia A Well Rated Quiz
new quizzes = added recently, editor pick = Editor's Pick editor = FunTrivia Editor gold = Gold Member

Teachers / educators: FunTrivia welcomes the use of our website and quizzes in the classroom as a teaching aid or for preparing and testing students. See our education section. Our quizzes are printable and may be used as question sheets by k-12 teachers, parents, and home schoolers.

 ·  All questions, answers, and quiz content on this website is copyright FunTrivia, Inc and may not be reproduced without permission. Any images from TV shows and movies are copyright their studios, and are being used under "fair use" for commentary and education.