1802: West Point Founded

1802: West Point Founded

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  • Historical event:
  • 16. March 1802
  • People who graduate at West Point are entitled to wear the famous ring with the emblem of the Academy. The letters USMA are an abbreviation for United States Military Academy.

On this day one of the most famous military academies in the world – the United States Military Academy at West Point in the state of New York was established.

Its first commander was Colonel Jonathan Williams. This Academy produced many famous American generals (Robert E. Lee, George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, W. T. Sherman, George Armstrong Custer, and Norman Schwarzkopf), two presidents (Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower), 18 astronauts and 74 Medal of Honor recipients.

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The current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, also went to West Point. West Point graduates are entitled to wear the famous ring with the emblem of the Academy. Interestingly, the famous writer Edgar Allan Poe also attended the academy, but was thrown out.

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