Army birthday quiz results:
Participants know Ike, Pershing less so

June 15, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

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HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army Europe community is sure Dwight D. Eisenhower served as both USAREUR commanding general and president of the United States, but don’t ask who held the highest Army rank ever while still alive.

The 12-question U.S. Army birthday quiz – featuring U.S. Army Europe history - ran from June 8-15 and collected 251 responses.

Nearly 100 percent of participants knew about Eisenhower’s USAREUR experience, however, most quiz-takers incorrectly thought Douglas McArthur held the Army’s highest rank - General of the Armies - while still alive.

John J. Pershing was promoted to General of the Armies in 1919 toward the end of his active duty career.  George Washington was posthumously promoted to the same rank in 1976.

The USAREUR community fared well with questions related to World War II and current operations in Europe, but struggled with a question regarding the only former Army private to be elected U.S. president – James Buchanan.

A large majority of participants knew V Corps was responsible for Omaha Beach during the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion, and that First Lt. Audie Murphy was the most decorated U.S. soldier in World War II.

Participants were less certain about what percent of the 48 countries participating in the International Security Assistance Force come from Europe.
Another tough question asked how many multinational NCO’s graduated from the NCO Academy in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Eighty-nine of 251 responses correctly reflected eighty percent of the ISAF force comes from Europe, while 94 of 251 responses correctly listed  64 multinational NCO’s graduated from Grafenwoehr Training Area’s academy.

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Visit the U.S. Army Europe website frequently for similar interactive content.  The current poll focuses on the FIFA Women’s World Cup being held in locations around Germany June 26 to July 17.