George Smith Patton Jr. 11 november 1885 - 21 december 1945

1885 - 1905

Young George Smith Patton

George Smith Patton Junior, called "Georgie" by his family attended the Stephen Cutter Clark Classical School for Boys in Pasadena, California. He attended from 1897-1903.

After attending school near his home, he left to attend the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where several members of his family had attended. Patton really wanted to go to West Point but was not accepted at first.

Photos of George S Patton as VMI Cadet
George Patton flunked his first year at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
After flunking his first year at West Point, Cadet Patton went on to successfully graduate with his class in 1909.
A letter from West Point to his Mother.
A statue memorializing General George S Patton Jr now in place at USMA at West Point.

1909 - 1917

12 September 1909 - Patton weds the beautiful heiress Beatrice Banning Ayer. They eventually have three children: Beatrice Smith Patton, Ruth Ellen Patton, and George Smith Patton IV.
George Patton was selected to attend and compete in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. Patton was entered into the Men's Pentathlon which for Patton included events in this order: Shooting (Rapid Fire, 200 shots), Swimming (300m Freestyle), Fencing (Epee matches, Round Robin), Cross-Country Steeplechase (Horseback Riding), Running (4000m). He placed 5th overall out of 42 competitors.
After the Olympics, Patton went to study at the world famous Calvary School in Saumur, France. He was in the Army when being in the Calvary meant riding horses. Calvary offices wore swords, or sabers, and knew how to fight with them. When he finished his sword training, Patton designed a saber that worked well with his style of fighting. This sword is still known today as the "Patton Saber."

Punitive Expedition into Mexico 1916-1917

A Mexican national threatened to kill US citizens that lived just across the border in Mexico. After the threats, the Mexicans crossed into the United States and killed people. The US Army sent a Punitive Expedition into Mexico to conduct patrols for the safety of the Americans that lived there. LT Patton went on a patrol and became an American hero.

Top Left: General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing; Top Middle: Pancho Villa; Top Right: A horseback patrol photo from the 1916-1917 Punitive Expedition; Large Center: After LT Patton conducted the very first motorized combat mission in the history of the US Army, he and his troops tied the 3 bodies to their car and paraded them through the local town; Large Bottom: LT Patton smokes a pipe outside of his tent during the Punitive Expedition.

World War I

Top Left: Nita Patton, George's sister who was engaged to General Blackjack Pershing from 1916-1918; Top Right Top: General Douglas MacArthur (on the left with binos) was one of Patton's commanders in WWI; Top Right Bottom: Patton became famous for conducting tank warfare in WWI; Bottom Row from left: Patton at the beginning of WWI; Patton at the end of WWI; Joseph Angelo, a soldier who saved Patton's life after he was wounded received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions.

The Inter-War Years

George Patton and his wife sailed from California to Hawaii, some 2500 miles on open ocean.

Patton absolutely loved to play polo whenever he got the chance.

Patton is third from the left in this photo.

World War II

Top Left and Middle: Gen Patton's Ivory handled pistols that he wore on his waist during WWII; Top Right: General Patton's service medals, rank and unit patches during WWII; Bottom photos: This is William the Conqueror, Patton's Bull Terrier dog. He was called WIllie for short and had a birthday party hosted for him by Patton. Willie wore standard issue G.I. dog tags.

Luxembourg American Cemetery

General Patton was going hunting on 9 Dec 45 and the vehicle he was riding in crashed. No one in the crash was seriously injured except Patton, who lingered until he fell into a coma and died on 21 Dec 45.
Top Left: George Patton's original burial plot was among the troops who were killed in Europe towards the end of the war. Top Right: Patton's second and current cemetery plot memorial stone. Bottom photo: General George S Patton Jr was moved from a plot among the troops to a better vantage point where he could "keep an eye on his men." I consider this a fitting tribute because General Patton led so many men through Europe during World War II.

Some of my favorite Patton quotes:

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