William D. Leahy
Born: May 6, 1875,
Died: July 20, 1959 (age 84), Bethesda, Maryland
Admiral William Daniel Leahy was an American naval officer,
Governor of Puerto Rico and Ambassador to France. Leahy served as Chief
of Staff to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman during
World War II (1942-1949). Fleet Admiral Leahy was the first U.S.
military officer ever to hold a five-star rank in the U.S. Armed Forces.
What do you know about William D. Leahy? Land this
World War II Quick Quiz.
1. When did Leahy graduate from United States
Naval Academy in Annapolis?
2. Leahy was in that battleship when she made her
famous dash around Cape Horn in the spring of 1898 to participate in the
Battle of Santiago on July 3 during the Spanish-American War. What was
- USS Arizona
- USS Main
- USS Oregon
3. During the Philippine-American War and the
Boxer Rebellion in China, he served on the USS Castine, the USS Glacier
and commanded the gunboat. What was the name of the gunboat?
- USS Mariveles
- USS Randolph
- USS Edison
4. In 1913, he was assigned to the Bureau of
Navigation as a detail officer where he served until 1915. At that time,
he took command of the dispatch gunboat USS Dolphin, and
established a very close friendship with, the then Assistant Secretary
of the Navy, who cruised with him on the ship. Who was the Assistant
Secretary of the Navy?
- Harry S. Truman
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Joseph Kennedy
5. He was appointed Chief of Naval Operations,
took the oath of office in January 1937 to serve until August 1939 when
he was placed on the retired list.
6. From September 1939 until November 1940, Leahy
served as Governor of Puerto Rico. He was appointed Ambassador to France
(later referred to as the Vichy French for the city in which the
capital was located) in 1941 following that country's surrender to
Germany. When was he recalled back to active duty?
7. On July 6, 1942, Leahy was appointed Chief of
Staff to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Army and Navy. Who is the
Commander in Chief?
- President of the United States
- Speaker of the House
- Vice President of the United States
8. Leahy spent D-Day, June 6, 1944, in his home
town of Hampton, Iowa. This well-publicized "sentimental
journey" was part of the deception efforts surrounding the Allied
invasion of Europe. The idea was to lull any German agents in
Washington, DC or elsewhere in the US into believing that the operation
would not take place while such an important officer was out of the
9. Leahy was appointed the first US Fleet Admiral
- December 15, 1944
- December 25, 1944
- December 31, 1944
10. "My own feeling was that in being the
first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the
barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make wars in that
fashion, and that wars cannot be won by destroying women and
children." Where did he write this?
Whittlesey House 1950 p. 8
No More Bombs,
Random House 1949 p. 75
Chief of Staff,
Doubleday 1952 p. 125
11. Where is William D. Leahy buried?
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington,
- San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco,
- Springdale Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa