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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.
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
What war contributed the most cannons to those of the
West Point collection? ------ 104 cannons were retained
from the Mexican War.
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.
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.
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,
"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
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
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.
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.
What is Murphy's Law? ------
1. Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
2. Things, if left to themselves, go from bad to worse.
Who headed the building of the Panama Canal? ------
Major General George Washington Goethals, Class of
With what is Abner Doubleday, Class of 1842, credited?
------ He is credited with having invented the sport of
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.
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
Who used artillery fire on his former artillery instructor? --
---- General Beauregard fired upon Major Anderson, who
was stationed at Fort Sumter.
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
Who 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.
What is more important... Honor or Loyalty?
What if a there is a coup planned by a secret
group of West Pointers called The Line?
Publishers Weekly: “Mayer has crafted a military
thriller in the tradition of John Grisham’s The
Bob Mayer is a New York Times bestselling author, a graduate of
West Point, a former Green Beret, grandfather to two future Leaders
of the Resistance against the Machines, and feeder of two yellow Labs,
most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published,
including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and
the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world
(usually not the tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife
and his Labs. Sort of.