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Gen. George S. Patton III (1885-1945)
This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of George Smith Patton III, born 11 November 1885 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, son of George Smith Patton II (1856-1927) and his wife Ruth Wilson (1861-1928). Patton was a United States Army general, who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of World War II, but is best known for his leadership of the Third United States Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy. Patton led U.S. troops into the Mediterranean theater with an invasion of Casablanca during Operation Torch in 1942, where he later established himself as an effective commander through his rapid rehabilitation of the demoralized U.S. II Corps. He commanded the Seventh Army during the Invasion of Sicily, where he was the first allied commander to reach Messina. Patton returned to command the Third Army following the invasion of Normandy in 1944, where he led a highly successful, rapid armored drive across France. He led the relief of beleaguered U.S. troops at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and advanced his army into Nazi Germany by the end of the war. After the war, Patton became the military governor of Bavaria, but he was relieved of this post because of his statements on denazification. He commanded the Fifteenth United States Army for slightly more than two months. Patton died in Germany on December 21, 1945, as a result of injuries from an automobile accident there twelve days earlier. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)
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The United Nations General Assembly adapted a resolution in 2011 declaring April 12th as the International Day of Human Space Flight celebrating the beginning of the space era for mankind. Two key individuals who played an important part of the beginning of space flight were Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen, who was the first human in space in 1961, and Astronaut John Glenn who was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and the fifth person in space.
Image shown here is a display of spacesuits that Soviet Yuri Gagarin and American John Glenn wore at the dawn of the Space Age.
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