Patton clarifies remarks of June 7, 1945, Boston: "a man was frequently a fool when he got killed" — He went to some length to clear up a remark which he said was attributed to him in Boston to the effect that "a lot of damned fool soldiers" get killed.
Saying the dead and wounded are often referred to as heroes, he said he was simply attempting to bring out that some men are killed for trivial reasons.
"I said men get killed foolishly, but I should have said trivially," he said, adding that there are many men who stay alive and still are heroes.
SEE: The Patton Papers:1940-1945, pp. 721-722