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George S. Patton
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Military Personnel
    (November 11, 1885-December 21, 1945)
    2nd Lieutenant in the 15th Cavalry (1909)
    Acting aide to Gen. John J. Pershing in the Mexican expedition (1916)
    Assigned the task of organizing and training the 1st Tank Brigade near Langres, France (1917)
    Appointed to the command of a brigade of the 2d Armored Division at Fort Benning, Ga (1940)
    Promoted temporarily to the rank of Major General (1940)
    Lieutenant General (1943)
    Commander of the 3rd Army (1944-1945)
    Known as 'Old Blood and Guts'
    Portrayed by George C. Scott in the movie 'Patton'
    On more than one occasion, he slapped two G.I.s who had been sent to aid stations because of shell shock. He claimed that the two G.I.s were dishonoring the soldiers who had been injured in battle.
    He constantly smoked.
    He suffered from depression.
    He was always mad about something or someone, and had a notorious temper.
    Despite being issued several honorable medals, he disliked to wear them and only a few photographs are known of him wearing all of his medals.
    Patton was easily the most colorful of the United States Army's commanders in the European theater, and its leading genius in tank warfare.
    He was extremely well educated and knew a wealth of information about the history of European military tactics.
    Patton played a leading role in the Allied invasion of North Africa in November 1942, commanding the ground elements of the western task forces that entered Casablanca and soon occupied French Morocco.
    He attended the Virginia Military Institute and graduated from the United States Military Academy (1909).
    He graduated from the Mounted Service School, Fort Riley, Kansas (1913) and a year later from the Advanced Course at the Cavalry School at Fort Riley.
    He was wounded at the opening of the Meuse-Argonne offensive (1918).
    Between the two world wars Patton graduated from the Command and General Staff School (1924) and from the Army War College (1932).
    He apologized to the two soldiers he slapped.
    Near the end of 1945 Patton was seriously injured in an auto accident near Mannheim, Germany. He died in a nearby hospital in Heidelberg.

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