U.S. Army Birthday Trivia Questions

By Ben Navratil


Hovering Helicopter photo from Defense.govHovering Helicopter photo from Defense.gov

Hovering Helicopter photo from Defense.gov


It’s U.S. Army Birthday Week. In celebration, here are some trivia questions to test your knowledge of the U.S. Army. As a bonus, check out some impressive training and operational photos at the end of the trivia questions.


  1. In what year was the US Army constituted by the second Continental Convention, at the time consisting of ten companies of riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia?
    1. 1763
    2. 1775
    3. 1776
    4. 1782


  1. Whose “Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States,” also known as the Blue Book, was instrumental in setting standards and discipline throughout the Army during the American Revolution?
    1. The Marquis de Lafayette
    2. Benjamin Franklin
    3. Fredrich von Steuben
    4. Casimir Pulaski


  1. Who earned a Medal of Honor while serving as the first women surgeon in the US Army, and remains the only woman in any branch of the military to have received the award?
    1. Mary E. Walker
    2. Cathay Williams
    3. Mary Hallaren
    4. Leigh Ann Hester


  1. Which US Army Division earned its nickname “Rock of the Marne” by holding back German attackers on three fronts during the second battle of the Marne in 1918?
    1. The 7th Infantry Division
    2. The 2nd Infantry Division
    3. The 3rd Infantry Division
    4. The 4th Infantry Division


  1. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up of second-generation Japanese Americans serving in WWII, is considered the most decorated unit of its size in US Army history, having been awarded 21 Medals of Honor among thousands of other recognitions for only two years of service. What was their motto?
    1. This We’ll Defend
    2. I’ll Try, Sir
    3. All the Way
    4. Go for Broke

      Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National CemeteryTomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery
  2. What is the nickname of the US Army’s 3rd US Infantry Regiment, the oldest active unit in the Army, which conducts many ceremonial duties in and around Washington, D.C., including guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery?
    1. The Old Guard
    2. Old Iron Sides
    3. The Old Reliables
    4. Old Fuss and Feathers

Guard Change - Photo from defense.gov

  1. How many current active Divisions does the US Army have?
    1. 11
    2. 13
    3. 7
    4. 21

  2. Which US Army armor unit stationed in the west Texas desert is incongruously nicknamed after a warship?
    1. The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
    2. The 1st Armor Division
    3. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
    4. Uniform Photo from DVIDShub.netUniform Photo from DVIDShub.netThe 3rd Armor Division

  3. Which US Army uniform, first worn during the WWII-era, has now been reinstated as the Army’s Service Uniform?
    1. Blacks and Tans
    2. Greens and Tans
    3. Pinks and Greens
    4. Blues and Greens

Uniform Photo from DVIDShub.net

  1. What US Army Medal of Honor recipient, considered one of the most decorated Soldiers of WWI, turned down many lucrative offers to profit from his fame in favor of lending his name to charitable organizations and supporting his hometown community in Tennessee?
    1. Lt. Audie Murphy
    2. Sgt. Alvin York
    3. Col. Robert Howard
    4. Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing


How well do you know U.S. Army history? Share your answers in the comments.


Look for the answers to be updated Friday, June 17th.


Now for some impressive training images from the U.S. Army:


Globemaster Jump from defense.govGlobemaster Jump from defense.gov

Globemaster Jump from defense.gov

Target Practice from defense.govTarget Practice from defense.gov

Target Practice from defense.gov 


Aerial Freefall from defense.govAerial Freefall from defense.gov

Aerial Freefall from defense.gov 


All Aboard from defense.govAll Aboard from defense.gov

All Aboard from defense.gov 

Globemaster Boarding Defense.govGlobemaster Boarding Defense.gov

Globemaster Boarding Defense.gov 

 Wavy Ride Defense.govWavy Ride Defense.gov

Wavy Ride Defense.gov 



Swift Response Defense.govSwift Response Defense.gov

Swift Response Defense.gov 



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The Official History of the U.S. Army Birthday

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About the Author:  Ben Navratil has served in the Army for 16 years and is the 2020-21 US Army Training with Industry Fellow at USAA. Post originally written in 2021 updated for 2022.


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