Test Your Mettle

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While delving into the Medal of Honor for a new exhibit, we’ve learned some interesting things. That made us wonder, how well do you know the Navy’s highest honor? Test your Medal mettle in our ten-question quiz. Then check your answers at the end. Let us know how you did!

1  The Navy’s first Medal of Honor recipient was Seaman Benjamin Swearer. In what Civil War battle did he earn the Medal?

A  Fort Sumter, 1861

B  Charleston Harbor, 1863

C  Hampton Roads, 1862

D  Fort Clark, 1861

 

2   How many women have been awarded the Medal of Honor?

A  Zero

B  One

C  Ten

D  Thirty

 

3  How many people have been awarded the Medal of Honor twice?

A  Zero

B  Two

C  Eight

D  Nineteen

 

4  Which Roman goddess is depicted on the Navy’s Medal of Honor?

A  Minerva – Goddess of wisdom

B  Tempestas – Goddess of storms

C  Fortuna – Goddess of luck

D  Victoria – Goddess of victory

 

5  What do the 38 stars on the Navy’s Medal of Honor represent?

A  The number of Medal of Honor recipients in the Civil War

B  The number of states when the Medal of Honor was introduced

C  The number of ships in the fleet at the Navy’s official founding

D  The number of enlisted sailor ratings at the Medal’s introduction

 

6  Throughout the Military, how many Medals of Honor have been awarded?

A  465

B  3,465

C  13,465

D  33,465

 

7  Through the U.S. Military, how many versions of the Medal of Honor are there?

A  One

B  Three

C  Four

D  Five

 

8  Throughout the Medal of Honor’s history, what percent have been awarded to Navy personnel?

A  10%

B  21%

C  45%

D  66%

 

9  Who is the only president to be awarded the Medal of Honor?

A  Andrew Jackson

B  Theodore Roosevelt

C  Dwight Eisenhower

D  John F. Kennedy

 

10  Which of the following is NOT an entitlement given to Medal of Honor awardees?

A  A monthly $1,000 pension

B  Right to wear the uniform any time or place

C  Invitation to presidential inaugurations

D  Name recorded in the Official Ledger of Medal of Honor Recipients book in the Oval Office

 

ANSWERS

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1 The Navy’s first Medal of Honor recipient was Seaman Benjamin Swearer. In what Civil War battle did he earn the Medal?

D Fort Clark, 1861

 

2 How many women have been awarded the Medal of Honor?

B One – Mary Walker at Bull Run in 1861

 

3 How many people have been awarded the Medal of Honor twice?

D Nineteen

 

4 Which Roman goddess is depicted on the Navy’s Medal of Honor?

A  Minerva – Goddess of wisdom

 

5 What do the 38 stars on the Navy’s Medal of Honor represent?

B The number of states when the Medal of Honor was introduced

 

6 Throughout the Military, how many Medals of Honor have been awarded?

B 3,465

 

7 Through the U.S. Military, how many versions of the Medal of Honor are there?

B Three – Army, Navy, Air Force

 

8 Throughout the Medal of Honor’s history, what percent have been awarded to Navy personnel?

B 21%

 

9 Who is the only president to be awarded the Medal of Honor?

B Theodore Roosevelt

 

10 Which of the following is NOT an entitlement given to Medal of Honor awardees?

D Name recorded in the Official Ledger of Medal of Honor Recipients book in the Oval Office – No such ledger exists.

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