Quiz: How Well Do You Know Famous Americans of WWII?
How Well Do You Know Famous Americans of WWII?
By: John Miller
Image: US Army combat photographer

About This Quiz

The Second World War was the biggest – and deadliest -- war in human history. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States began what it declared to be a fight for its very existence, and Americans everywhere responded to the call for help. Of the millions of people who served, a few rose to incredible fame, garnering headlines and pages in history books around the world. In this battle-hardened quiz, what do you know about famous WWII veterans?

No one would forget the face of General Douglas MacArthur. He was a true war celebrity, always donning sunglasses and chomping on a corncob pipe. He gained infamy and loathing during his escape from the Philippines, and then returned to a hero’s welcome. George C. Scott even won an Oscar for playing him.

There were dozens of other major military men who guided U.S. war machines through the conflict. Those names included Chester Nimitz, George Patton, Henry Arnold, Jacob Devers and more. Without their hard-nosed leadership, the Allies may have never defeated the Axis.

Plenty of privates, ensigns and sergeants found fame, too. Let’s see if you can withstand the blitzkrieg of this massive WWII quiz now! How much do you really know about America’s WWII heroes?

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Who was the Supreme Allied Commander for the D-Day invasion in 1944?
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Who was president of the United States throughout most of WWII?
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What job did Ernie Pyle have during WWII?
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James Forrestal was a top Navy man who wanted this force to utilize which amazing weapon of the seas?
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Courtney Hodges was a WWII general. What was special about him?
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Robert Oppenheimer was in charge of which important wartime project?
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Why was General George Patton severely reprimanded during the war?
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Curtis LeMay was a general who greatly impacted which part of the war?
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George Marshall had a tremendous impact on which part of the American war effort?
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What was Omar Bradley's nickname during WWII?
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Famous musician B.B. King enlisted in the Army but was released. Why?
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Audie Murphy was a famous American who served in which branch during the war?
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Baseball star Yogi Berra was a player in which famous battle?
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After the war, what did Audie Murphy (a Medal of Honor recipient) do?
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President Roosevelt died before the end of WWII. Which man took his place?
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Claire Lee Chennault was the leader of which legendary group?
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The USSR was a vital U.S. ally during WWII. What did General Patton say about the Soviets?
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What happened to General Patton almost immediately after the war ended?
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Omar Bradley's men were the first line of resistance at which famous battle?
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Which major decision did President Truman make near the end of the war?
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Dwight Eisenhower once said he was "the man who won the war for us." Who was Ike talking about?
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How did Ernie Pyle's writing benefit front-line combat soldiers?
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General Patton compared the Nazi Party in Germany to which other political party?
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Which WWII hero was elected president after the war?
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