Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#History WWII: Test your knowledge; It took 9 18 Wheeler Flatbeds to carry...

Fact: The 130 ton white plaster cast model of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial remained in sculptor Felix de Weldon’s Warwick, Rhode Island, studio from 1954 until October 1981. The bronze sculpture was unveiled at Arlington National Cemetery in 1954, but no home for the plaster original was found until de Weldon donated it to the Marine Military Academy. Valued at $3.5 million, the 108 piece model takes four months to assemble. It was delivered to the MMA in Harlingen, Texas, by nine eighteen wheel flatbed trucks. Dedication was on February 19, 1982, the thirty seventh anniversary of the assault on Iwo Jima.

1.   How did U.S. Admiral Thomas C. Hart, commander-in-chief of the Asiatic fleet, depart from the Philippines on December 26, 1941?
          a) Russian fishing boat
          b) U.S. submarine Shark
          c) P-40 Flying Tiger, which he flew

2.   Identify Hitler’s chauffeur.
          a) Victor Lutze
          b) Erich Kempka
          c) Hugo Blaschke

3.   Identify the first U.S. Navy ship named in honor of a black.
          a) Emmons
          b) Harmon
          c) Baldwin

4.   Who commanded the Big Ed One during the Sicily campaign?
          a) George Patton
          b) Walter Bedell Smith
          c) Terry Allen

5.   What was the U.S. VI Corps code name for the plan to break out from Azio by way of Cisterna and Valmonte, Italy?
          a) Buffalo
          b) Crawdad
          c) Grasshopper


1.)   Via the Shark, headed for Java, where the Asiatic fleet was reorganizing.

2.)   Kempka. Lutze was Hitler’s SA chief of staff and Blaschke was the Fuehrer’s dentist.

3.)   A mess attendant killed saving his shipmate’s life during the Guadalcanal campaign, Leonard Roy Harmon was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and was the first black to have a ship named in his honor. His mother christened the destroyer escort Harmon on July 25, 1943.

4.)   Terry Allen commanded the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, the Big Redo One.

5.)   Buffalo. Crawdad was the plan to go along the coast to the northwest. Grasshopper was the plan for an eastward breakout. The plan to go via Campoleone was Turtle.

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