George S. Patton Jr., 1944
George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a General of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.
During the Allied occupation of Germany Patton was named military governor of Bavaria, but was relieved over his aggressive statements towards the Soviet Union and trivializing denazification. He commanded the United States Fifteenth Army for slightly more than two months. Severely injured in an auto accident, he died in Germany twelve days later, on December 21, 1945. Wikipedia
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Announcement of George Patton and Beatrice Banning Ayer’s marriage in 1910 Fri, May 27, 1910 – 2 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States of America) · Newspapers.comGeorge S. Patton Jr. gains attention by competing in 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden Fri, Jul 12, 1912 – 30 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America) · Newspapers.comLetters from George Patton’s mother about his success in the pentathlon during the 1912 Olympics Wed, Aug 7, 1912 – 29 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America) · Newspapers.comInjury causes Lieutenant George Patton to have a brief leave from the Pancho Villa Expedition Sun, Oct 15, 1916 – Page 19 · Oakland Tribune (Oakland, Alameda, California, United States of America) · Newspapers.comBeginning of an evaluation on the use of the saber written by George S. Patton Jr. Sun, Apr 1, 1917 – 105 · Journal of the U.S. Cavalry Association (Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America) · Newspapers.com“Might--Right”: a poem written by George Patton Sat, Jun 30, 1917 – Page 2 · Goodwin's Weekly (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah) · Newspapers.comGeorge Patton is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in 1918 during WWI Fri, Jan 3, 1919 – 11 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America) · Newspapers.comPhoto of Major George Patton escorting Vice President Curtis to 1931 polo ball in Washington D.C. Thu, Apr 9, 1931 – 299 · Daily News (New York, New York, United States of America) · Newspapers.comBrigadier General George Patton calls his Second Armored Division "superior to anything in Europe" Mon, Dec 16, 1940 – Page 7 · The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America) · Newspapers.comPhoto of George Patton in the turret of his tank, 1942 Fri, May 8, 1942 – 19 · The Miami News (Miami, Florida, United States of America) · Newspapers.comGeorge Patton has "narrow escape" in 1942 when a landing boat is blown up in North Africa Tue, Nov 17, 1942 – 1 · The Austin American (Austin, Travis, Texas, United States of America) · Newspapers.comMajor General George Patton tells the story of the death of a U.S. officer during a peace mission Wed, Nov 18, 1942 – Page 8 · Daily Press (Newport News, Newport News, Virginia, United States of America) · Newspapers.comLt. Gen. "Blood and Guts" Patton is made commander of U.S. troops in western Tunisia during WWII Thu, Mar 18, 1943 – Page 1 · Palladium-Item (Richmond, Wayne, Indiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.comPicture of Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr. in 1943 beside his tank Fri, Jul 16, 1943 – 1 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America) · Newspapers.comDecision for consequence of Patton slapping soldier rests with General Eisenhower Fri, Nov 26, 1943 – 4 · The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States of America) · Newspapers.comSenate receives report from Secretary of War about incident of George Patton slapping a soldier Tue, Dec 14, 1943 – 5 · Daily News (New York, New York, United States of America) · Newspapers.comGeorge Patton, “Old Blood and Guts,” is assigned to lead Third Army in Normandy Tue, Aug 15, 1944 – Page 1 · The Capital Journal (Salem, Oregon, United States of America) · Newspapers.comGeneral George Patton is relieved of command of Third Army; Will now command the Fifteenth Army Tue, Oct 2, 1945 – Page 1 · Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States of America) · Newspapers.com"Master of tank warfare" Gen. George Patton dies in 1945 after car accident in Germany Sat, Dec 22, 1945 – Page 1 · The Mercury (Pottstown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States of America) · Newspapers.comGeorge Patton’s funeral is to take place in Germany, and burial is set for Luxembourg Sat, Dec 22, 1945 – 1 · The News Leader (Staunton, Staunton, Virginia, United States of America) · Newspapers.comObituary "Patton: Success in War, Failure in Diplomacy" Sat, Dec 22, 1945 – Page 18 · The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America) · Newspapers.com