Person:George Patton (13)

General George Smith Patton, III
m. 10 Dec 1884
  1. General George Smith Patton, III1885 - 1945
  2. Annie Wilson Patton1887 - 1971
m. 26 May 1910
  1. Beatrice Ayer Patton1911 - 1952
  2. Ruth Ellen Patton1915 - 1993
  3. George Smith Patton, IV1923 - 2004
Facts and Events
Name General George Smith Patton, III
Gender Male
Birth[1][3] 11 Nov 1885 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
Census[4] 1900 San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California, United States
Education? 1903 Lexington, Virginia, United StatesVirginia Military Institute
Military[6] 16 Jun 1904 West Point, Orange, New York, United StatesCadet
Graduation[6] 11 Jun 1909 West Point, Orange, New York, United StatesUnited States Military Academy
Military[6] 11 Jun 1909 West Point, Orange, New York, United States2nd Lieutenant of Cavalry
Census[5] 1910 Deerfield, Lake, Illinois, United States
Marriage 26 May 1910 Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Beatrice Banning Ayer
Residence[3] 11 Jan 1912 Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Military[6] 23 May 1916 1st Lieutenant
Military[6] 15 May 1917 Captain
Military[6] 26 Jan 1918 - 2 Apr 1918 Major (Temp)
Census 1920 Washington, District of Columbia, United Stateswith Beatrice Banning Ayer
Military[6] 1 Jul 1920 Major
Census 1930 Washington, District of Columbia, United Stateswith Beatrice Banning Ayer
Military[6] 1 Mar 1934 Lieutenant Colonel
Residence 1935 Hawaii, United StatesFt. Shafter
with Beatrice Banning Ayer
Military[6] 1 Jul 1938 Colonel
Census 1940 Washington, District of Columbia, United Stateswith Beatrice Banning Ayer
Military[6] 1 Sep 1943 Brigadier General
Military[6] 2 Sep 1943 Major General
Death[1][7] 21 Dec 1945 Heidelberg, Baden, Germany
Burial[1][2][8] Hamm, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, LuxembourgAmerican Cemetery

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George Smith Patton, Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) 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.

Born in 1885 to a privileged family with an extensive military background, Patton attended the Virginia Military Institute, and later the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He participated in the 1912 Olympic Modern Pentathlon, and was instrumental in designing the M1913 "Patton Saber". Patton first saw combat during the Pancho Villa Expedition in 1916, taking part in America's first military action using motor vehicles. He later joined the newly formed United States Tank Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces and saw action in World War I, first commanding the U.S. tank school in France before being wounded near the end of the war. In the interwar period, Patton remained a central figure in the development of armored warfare doctrine in the U.S. Army, serving in numerous staff positions throughout the country. Rising through the ranks, he commanded the U.S. 2nd Armored Division at the time of the U.S. entry into World War II.

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. There he was embroiled in controversy after he slapped two shell-shocked soldiers under his command, and was temporarily removed from battlefield command for other duties such as participating in Operation Fortitude's disinformation campaign for Operation Overlord. 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.

Patton's colorful image, hard-driving personality and success as a commander were at times overshadowed by his controversial public statements regarding the Soviet Union, which were out of accord with American foreign policy. But his philosophy of leading from the front and his ability to inspire his troops with vulgarity-ridden speeches, such as a famous address to the Third Army, attracted favorable attention. His strong emphasis on rapid and aggressive offensive action proved effective. While Allied leaders held sharply differing opinions on Patton, he was regarded highly by his opponents in the German High Command. A popular, award-winning biographical film released in 1970 helped transform Patton into an American folk hero.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 George S. Patton, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. GEN George Smith Patton, in FindAGrave: Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Memorial# 1144, Jan 01, 2001, Secondary quality.

    Birth: Nov. 11, 1885, San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California, USA
    Death: Dec. 21, 1945, Heidelberg, Heidelberger Stadtkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
    Burial: Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    United States World War II Army General. He was born at Lake Vineyard Ranch what is now San Marino, California. In 1904, he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York following in the military fashion of the Patton family. After graduation, he was assigned to the Cavalry as an aid to General John "Black Jack" Pershing, who at that time was pursuing the Mexican bandit General Pancho Villa. During World War I he saw service in France as part of the United States Army Tank Corps. During World War II he was assignment to Dwight North Africa as head of the II Corp, where he received his third star from General Dwight D. Eisenhower. On to Sicily, the Seventh Army enjoyed an unopposed landing and Patton assumed command of this unit. In January 1944, he was summoned to London and given command of the US Third Army which was still being activated. In July 1944, George Patton arrived in France one month after the D-Day landing. His command still not fully activated, he was forced to wait to engage in combat for the arrival of the bulk of his troops. Once the 3rd Army was fully operational, its exploits throughout Europe became legendary. General Patton's journey into history began in Mannheim, Germany on December 9, 1945, when the sedan in which he was riding ran headlong into an army truck. He was taken to the army hospital outside of Heidelberg, where he died from his injuries on December 21. He lay in state at the Villa Reiner, one of the stately homes in Heidelberg. Funeral services were conducted at Christ Church, afterward his body was placed aboard a special funeral train for the trip to Luxembourg for burial at the Military Cemetery in nearby Hamm, where 3,000 American soldiers lie, many having served under General Patton in the 3rd Army. He was buried on December 24th following a funeral service at the Luxembourg Cathedral. In spite of the pouring rain, thousands lined the streets from the central railroad along the tracks to the cemetery. Representatives of nine countries and the highest ranking officers of the American troops stationed in Europe followed the coffin. Present were delegations from Luxembourg, France, Belgium, England, Italy, The Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. France and Belgium provided the honor guard. While the gun carriage with the coffin was on its way from the railroad station to the cemetery, a French battery fired a seventeen-round volley of salute. After a brief religious service George Patton Jr. was lowered into the grave.

  3. 3.0 3.1 United States. Passport applications, 1795-1925. (Washington, D.C. : National Archives).

    National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 583830 / MLR Number A1 534; NARA Series: M1490; Roll #: 164.

  4. United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T624).

    Year: 1900; Census Place: San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 92; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 0125; FHL microfilm: 1240092

  5. United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T623).
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970, 1943.

    Salem, Oregon: Oregon State Library.
    article entitled, "Death Stalked General Patton's Family,"

  7. On December 9, 1945, US Army General George S. Patton had a car accident in the adjacent city of Mannheim, and died in the Heidelberg US Army hospital on December 21, 1945. The funeral ceremony was held at the Heidelberg-Weststadt Christuskirche (Christ Church), and he was buried in the 3rd Army cemetery in Luxembourg.
  8. George S Patton Grave