The Odd And Unusual In The Military




 
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February 18th, 2005  
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Topic: The Odd And Unusual In The Military


Okay as my milbucks are going higher and with little to do with them I'm starting my own trivia game. This one will be about odd and unusual facts and figures in military history. I'll start out easy and with lower milbucks awarded to start but we'll see how it goes. I'll award more for harder ones later.

First Up:

The Medal of Honor has been twice awarded to individuals only 19 times. One of those awarded was the brother of a famous general.

For 150 milbucks name the general and for 150 more name the brother.
February 19th, 2005  
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Second Lieutenant Thomas W. Custer both times for capturing the enemy's battle field

And of course his brother is Gen Custer.

now give me some ofmy mil bucks BACK!!!
February 19th, 2005  
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Okay you get the 300 milbucks

Told you the first one would be easy. Now here's the next one, and it won't be so easy.

The Civil War saw the youngest generals in America's history. Name the youngest for 150 milbucks and give his age for another 150 milbucks.
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February 19th, 2005  
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Galusha Pennypacker at age 20

mo money mo money 8)
February 19th, 2005  
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You get 150 milbucks. Pennypacker was 17.

Okay here come the hard ones. Next question.

One US destroyer did something quite remarkable that no other US ship did in WWII. Name the ship and what it did for 200 milbucks.
February 22nd, 2005  
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Okay that one must've been too hard. The answer is the USS Stewart DD-224. She was an old WWI era "four piper". Heavily damaged in action against Japanese forces in the invasion of Bali it was sent to a floating dry dock for repairs at Holland Pier Basin in Surabaya. While being lifted she fell off her keel blocks and came to rest at a 37 degree list. Efforts to right and repair her proved futile because of periodic Japanese air attacks. Eventually Stewart and the dry dock were extensively damaged by those air attacks and she was abandoned to the invading Japanese. Believed destroyed she was struck from the Navy's list of active ships and her name given to a new a destroyer escort. Then in 1944 and 1945 American airmen and submarine commanders reported sightings of a US Navy "flush-decker" (another name given to the "four pipers" denoting their even decks) operating deep within enemy waters. The ship had Japanese markings and a trunked funnel, but the hull had unmistakable "four-piper" lines. American occupation forces discovered her in Hiro Bay near Kure in August of 1945. She had been raised and repaired by the Japanese and had served as their Patrol Vessel No. 102 from September of 1943 until the end of the war. So USS Stewart was the only ship to have fought in WWII in both the US and Japanese Navies.

Next question will be a much easier one.

For 200 milbucks name the country that was first to invade Germany in WWII and give the date they did so. As there are few countries to pick from I will allow only a few guesses.
February 25th, 2005  
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The Americans did on 10 October 1944

The First Army entered Aachen on that date after the Germans refused to surrender.
February 25th, 2005  
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Incorrect.

Hint: remember the title of this thread.
February 25th, 2005  
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It was the French! 7 September 1939, French troops crossed the German border at the "Saar-front".
February 26th, 2005  
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Correct! You get the money!

Odd indeed that the French invaded Germany first in WWII. They didn't do a very good job of recon as there were only about 200 Panzer I and IIs to stop them and absolutely no air cover as it was all in Poland. They could've stormed all the way to Berlin if thay had had the initiative to do so and the tactics to employ doing so, but they were still in the WWI mindset of using tanks piecemeal as infantry support weapons only though they possessed the largest army in Europe at the time. The lack of initiative goes without saying. The French only invaded several kilometers and still stayed within sight of French soil before turning back some days later to their fixed fortifications.

Next question:

General Robert E. Lee's famous horse "Traveler" was not originally named that. Lee had to rename the horse when he succeeded General Albert Sidney Johnston as Commanding General of the Confederacy. What was Traveler's original name and why was he renamed? The correct answer will get you 200 milbucks.