John D. Bulkeley
Born: August 19, 1911, New York City, New York
Died: April 6, 1996 (aged 84), Silver Spring, Maryland
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
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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?
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.
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.
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,
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.
9. When did Bulkeley finally retire from the Navy?
10. Where is John D. Bulkeley buried?
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington,
- Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California