Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Story of a Hero

***Not a lot of time today, so I thought I'd pass along some facts about one of my favorite historical military figures, George S. Patton:

  • George Patton came from a wealthy family where the military was greatly respected.

  • He was in a line of soldiers who had fought going back to the American Revolution and the Civil War.

  • It is now thought that as a child Patton suffered from dyslexia which made his learning process slow even though he was an intelligent student.

  • He took five years to complete a four-year program at United States Military Academy, West Point.

  • George Patton married Bee Ayer, whom he met at West Point, in 1910.

  • Patton represented the United States in the historic first pentathlon of the 1912 Olympics.

  • In 1916, George Patton worked with General John Pershing in going into Mexico after Pancho Villa.

  • Pershing continued to use Patton in the First World War (1917) and Patton demonstrated his skill in using armored equipment.

  • Patton was also instrumental in setting up a teaching school for armored equipment in Langres, France.

  • During the Second World War, George Patton took on the nick-name "Old Blood and Guts."

  • Patton was said to be a major innovator in the way he introduced armored warfare into the war.

  • During the war, Patton was sometimes in conflict with other military leaders which led him to being given a "desk job."

  • In 1944, after the Normandy invasion, he was again appointed to a field position as leader of the Third Army in Europe.

  • After he had died, a biographical movie was produced named "Patton" which went on to win seven Academy Awards.

  • George Patton was a brilliant military commander earning great respect from his soldiers who were never known to lose a battle.

spiders know we're scared of them

We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. ~~ George S. Patton

***Have a great day!

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