February 19,2016

A short (semi-tough) quiz on Presidents who were Veterans

PresidentsThe Army and Army Reserve can claim the most US presidents – 15. And then way back to State Militias for nine presidents. Six Navy and Navy Reserve Veterans have served as president and then way back again for two from the Continental Army.

There were eight future presidents in uniform in World War II and seven in the Civil War.

Here’s a tougher-than-usual quiz about some of our presidents who were Veterans. The answers are below along with a link to a White House website with a lot of history about all the presidents.


  1. In the Civil War, he commanded a Brigade during Sherman’s “March to the Sea”
  2. He was an Army Major General in the War of 1812
  3. Served as a Captain in the Army Air Corp in WW II.
  4. Final rank: Army Major General – Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Creek War, First Seminole War
  5. Army Major General – Civil War – Commanded Ohio Brigade at the Battle of Shiloh
  6. He served stateside as a Navy Lieutenant during Korean War
  7. Did not see action but he was a Colonel in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War
  8. Same as #7 but was also Commander of the Albermarle County Militia
  9. Pilot Lieutenant during Vietnam War – Texas National Guard
  10. Army Colonel in WW I
  11. Only President to receive the Medal of Honor – Army Colonel in Spanish-American War
  12. Military Governor of Tennessee and Army Brigadier General in the Civil War
  13. Navy Lieutenant Commander in WW II – Served on the USS Monterey
  14. Army Brevet Major in the Civil War – 23rd Ohio Infantry – Fought at the Battle of Antietam
  15. Army General – Career spanned from 1915 to 1969 with a couple of very significant breaks.

1. Benjamin Harrison. 2. William Henry Harrison 3. Ronald Reagan 4. Andrew Jackson 5. James Garfield 6. Jimmy Carter 7. James Madison 8. Thomas Jefferson 9. George W. Bush 10. Harry Truman 11. Theodore Roosevelt 12. Andrew Johnson 13. Gerald Ford 14. William McKinley 15. Dwight Eisenhower

You can read about all the Presidents on the White House website.

From the Veterans Affairs Blog posted by Hans Petersen.