Q: What is the number one question everyone asks?
A: The number on question on many minds is "What is the origin of SAPPO?"
Q: What is the origin of SAPPO?
A: Accoring to Larry Broughton, Pledge Class 1964, SAPPO was started by alumni Charlie Edgehill in the 1960's. SAPPO in Spanish means "Frogs".
Q: What is the origin of the phrase "Every Man A Tiger"?
A: Since 1960, every Q-8 pledge book has had the name Walter A. Klein and the quote “Every Man a Tiger!” on its first page. In a conversation with Walter, an early P/R Advisor at Hofstra, the origin of the quote was explained. In 1952 Walter was serving in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. His unit had just come off the line from Heartbreak Ridge and occupied Old Baldy. A good friend of his was on nearby Pork Chop Hill. He said that it rained like hell and then hundreds of Chinese Communist soldiers attacked. Attached to the 2nd Infantry Division was the 21st Thai Infantry Regiment. They were known to be fierce and gallant fighters who despised the Chinese Communists. The Americans called the Thais, “Little Tigers”. This Thai Regiment, vastly outnumbered, attacked the Chinese and killed over 800 of them, thus preventing the Americans lines from being overrun and greatly reducing U.S. casualties. Walter was so impressed with their actions that he hoped to teach all of his soldiers from that day forward to fight and emulate the “Little Tigers”; thus he coined the phrase “EVERY MAN A TIGER”.
Q: What are the colors of the Pershing Rifles?
A: Royal Blue and White
Q: What do the colors of the organization stand for?
A: White- Purity, Life, Cleanliness; Royal Blue- Loyalty, Devotion, Friendship, Justice, Truth.
Q: What is the official flower of the Pershing Rifles, Varsity Rifles and Q-8 Alumni Association?
A: A White Rose
Q: What does each part of the symbol of the Pershing Rifles stand for?
A CHAMELEON: The Chameleon is the symbol of the tri-service aspect of
the fraternity. It symbolizes the National society and its members
adaptability to change and constant preparedness.
B HELMET: The helmet is the symbol of the chivalry of the medieval
knights. This spirit is the cornerstone of the character of every
Pershing Rifle member. It is a prime requisite for the conduct, a
necessary part of every true heart.
C TORSE: The Torse represents the Pershing Rifles active cord.
D SHIELD: The shield, upon which are the crossed rifles and torch is the
symbol of readiness. It is a symbol of the readiness to meet any
situation anywhere, on the battlefield or wherever we may be called.
E CROSSED RIFLES: The crossed rifles are the symbol of this power,
military strength for the insurance of peace.
F TORCH: To meet the demands of leadership, we must have knowledge. The
torch denotes scholarship and knowledge. It does not mean just
"minimum effort" of scholarship.
G SCROLL: The scroll bears the name of our organization and the year of
Q: What was the first ribbon in United States Army history made from?
A: Cloth swatches taken from a pair of uniform pants given to the University of Nebraska Cadets by John J. Pershing in 1894.
Q: What is the Pershing Rifle Membership Ribbon modeled after?
A: The Army Good Conduct Ribbon.
Q: What does each white line in the PR Membership Ribbon stand for?
A: In order: 1. Devotion to country 2. Boldness 3. Readiness to Meet Any Situation 4. Leadership 5. Military Proficiency 6. Scholarship.
Q: When was Company Q of the Eighth Regiment chartered at Hofstra College?
A: March 1952.
Q: How many original members were there at Q-8 in 1952?
Q: Which U.S. President promoted John J. Pershing from CPT to BG?
A: President Theodore Roosevelt.
Q: How many officers was John J. Pershing promoted over by President Roosevelt?
Q: Who was Q-8's first PR Advisor?
A: Walter A. Klein who coined the phrase, "Every Man A Tiger".
Q: Who is quoted as saying, "Man Thats Kid Stuff"?
A: SGM Earl Warren Jr.
Q: How many siblings did John J. Pershing have?
A: Two. A brother James F. Pershing of New York and a sister, Mary Pershing of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Q: How many children did General Pershing have?
A: Four. Francis Warren Pershing and three daughters Helen, Ann and Margaret, who, along with their mother, perished in a fire at the Presidio in San Francisco in 1915. Only his son Warren survived.
Q: Who is buried next to General of the Armies John Joseph Pershing in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery?
A: His two grandsons, Richard Warren Pershing, 2LT, KIA in Vietnam and Richard's brother, John Warren Pershing III, COL, who passed away in 1999.
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