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Robert B. Nett

Awarded the Medal of Honor

Born: June 13, 1922, New Haven, Connecticut
Died: October 19, 2008 (age 86), Fort Benning, Georgia

Robert B. Nett - Alan's FUN Trivia powered by ABERobert B. Nett was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the campaign to recapture the Philippines in World War II.

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1. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Nett enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1940. How old was he when he enlisted?

  • 16 years old
  • 17 years old
  • 18 years old

2. It was December 14, 1944. Nett was a lieutenant in Company E of the 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division. On that day, near Cognon, Leyte, during the Battle of Ormoc Bay, he led his company in an assault against a heavily fortified Japanese position. How long had the Japanese forces hold up the American advance?

  • 2 hours
  • 1 day
  • 2 days

3. With another infantry company and armored vehicles, Company E advanced against heavy machinegun and other automatic weapons fire with Lt. Nett spearheading the assault against the strongpoint. During the fierce hand-to-hand encounter, he killed 7 deeply entrenched Japanese with his rifle and bayonet. How many enemy did he kill?

  • 3 dead
  • 5 dead
  • 7 dead

4. How many times was he wounded before giving up command of Company E?

  • 1 time
  • 2 times
  • 3 times

5. After turning over his command to another officer, Nett walked unaided to the rear for medical treatment.

  • Fact or Myth?

6. When did he return to Company E?

  • Never
  • Two months
  • Okinawa Campaign

7. When was he given the Medal of Honor?

  • December 14, 1945
  • February 8, 1946
  • February 6, 1947

8. After his retirement, he was as a teacher in the Columbus, Georgia, school system. What year was he named Teacher of the Year?

  • 1980
  • 1985
  • 1987

9. He died of a brief illness at his home.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Robert B. Nett buried?

  • Fort Benning Cemetery, Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Columbus Memorial Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia

Answers

  • 1. 17 years old
  • 2. 2 days
  • 3. 7 dead
  • 4. 3 times
  • 5. Fact
  • 6. Okinawa Campaign
  • 7. February 8, 1946
  • 8. 1985
  • 9. Fact
  • Angels on your pillow10. Fort Benning Cemetery, Fort Benning, Georgia

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