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GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON JR.
Born: November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California
Died: December 21, 1945 in Heidelberg, Germany
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GEORGE S. PATTON, JR. (1885-1945) was an officer in the United States Army in World War I and in World War II. After his graduation from West Point in 1909 he was commissioned in the U.S. army. In World War I he was the first officer assigned to the new United States Tank Corps and participated in the Battle of Cambrai and the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. In World War II he commanded armies in Sicily, North Africa and the European Theater of Operations. He led II Corps in North Africa, the Seventh Army in Sicily, and the Third Army in the drive across France and into the heart of Germany. "Old Blood and Guts" was an audacious field commander - considered by the Germans their most formidable foe - but he was constantly in trouble for personal gaffes, including his notorious slapping of a soldier suffering from shell shock. He was not, however, heedless of casualties, as the 1970 film starring George C. Scott implies. Casualties were actually lower in Patton's units than in General Omar Bradley's. He was fatally injured in an automobile accident shortly after war's end, dying on December 21, 1945. Patton attended the venerable Virginia Military Institute for one year (1902-1903) before -  as predicted in his letter - transferring to the US Miltary Academy. He graduated from West Point in 1909. "Nita" was Patton's sister, Anna Patton. "Aunt Nannie" (Anne Wilson, his mother's sister, helped raise Patton and his sister.
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