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John D. Bulkeley

Awarded the Medal of Honor

Born: August 19, 1911, New York City, New York
Died: April 6, 1996 (aged 84), Silver Spring, Maryland

Vice Admiral John Duncan Bulkeley was a United States Navy officer who received the Medal of Honor for actions in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was also the PT boat skipper who evacuated General MacArthur from Corregidor in the Philippines. The Navy named an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer after him: USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), commissioned in 2001

What do you know about John D. Bulkeley? Try this they were expendable World War II Quick Quiz.

1. Unable to gain an appointment to Annapolis from his home state of New Jersey, where did he gain an appointment from?

  • Texas
  • Arizona
  • New York

2. Due to budget constraints, only the upper half of the 1933 Academy class received a commission upon graduation. John Bulkeley, noted early on for his intense interest in engineering, joined the Army Air Corps. After a year, and because the president and congress permitted additional commissions in the Navy (as a government plan for additional jobs) gave up flying for the deck of a cruiser, the USS Indianapolis, as a commissioned officer in the Navy.

  • True or False?

3. At the dawn of World War II, Bulkeley was a lieutenant in command of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three, a Philippine-based detachment of six motor torpedo boats. When medal was he awarded for his actions in the early part of the war?

  • Medal of Honor
  • Croix de Guerre
  • Legion of Merit

4. In 1944, Bulkeley went halfway around the world for the Normandy invasion. He led torpedo boats and minesweepers in clearing the lanes to Utah Beach, keeping German E-boats from attacking the landing ships along the Mason Line, and picking up wounded sailors from the sinking minesweeper USS Tide, destroyer escort USS Rich, and destroyer USS Corry.

  • True or False?

5. Bulkeley got command of his first large ship, the destroyer. One month after D-Day, he came to the aid of two British gunboats under attack by two German corvettes. Charging in with only one gun working, he engaged both enemy vessels at point-blank range, sending both to the bottom. What was the name of the destroyer he commanded?

  • USS Lincoln
  • USS Endicott
  • USS Johnson

6. During the Korean War, what Destroyer Division did Bulkeley command?

  • Destroyer Division 123
  • Destroyer Division 132
  • Destroyer Division 100

7. Promoted to Rear Admiral by President John F. Kennedy, who commanded PT-109 during World War II, Bulkeley was dispatched to command a naval base. the disputed . He was given command of what naval base?

  • Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba
  • Myron Bay Naval Base, Costa Rica
  • San Francisco Bay Naval Base, San Francisco, California

8. Bulkeley retired from active duty in 1967. However, he was recalled to serve as the commander of the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) which does inspections and surveys of ships prior to their commissioning and deployment.

  • True of False?

9. When did Bulkeley finally retire from the Navy?

  • 1988
  • 1990
  • 1995

10. Where is John D. Bulkeley buried?

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California

John D. Bulkeley Answers

  1. Texas
  2. True
  3. Medal of Honor
  4. True
  5. USS Endicott
  6. Destroyer Division 132
  7. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba
  8. True
  9. 1988
  10. Angels on your pillowArlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
    Plot: Section 5, Lot 129-9

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