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FC: General George S. Patton United States Army | "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because i won't."

1: George Smith Patton Jr. was born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California. His parents were George Smith Patton, Sr. and Ruth Wilson-Patton. The family was of Scottish decent.

3: George Patton hailed from ancestors that had fought in the Revolutionary, Mexican, and Civil War. As a child, he heard first person accounts of the Civil War from friends of the family, including the infamous Colonel John Singleton Mosby, a Confederate guerilla leader.

5: Patton suffered from dyslexia, and he was home schooled until the age of 11. He learned to read at 11, and went to the Classical School for Boys in Pasadena. As a teenager, George became an excellent marksman and horse rider

7: Before Patton departed for the Virginia Military Institute at the age of 18, the family gathered for one last summer together on Catalina Island. After one year at VMI, he went on to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on June 11, 1909 and was commisioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 15th Cavalry Regiment

9: While attending West Point, George dated Beatrice Ayer. On May 26th, 1910, George and Beatrice married at Beverly Farms Episcopal Church in Boston. They had three children. Beatrice Smith: March 19, 1911 Ruth Ellen: February 15, 1918 George Patton : December 24, 1923

11: In 1912, Patton represented the United States at the Stockholm Olympics in the first Modern Pentathlon. The event consisted of pistol shooting, sword fencing, a free-style swim, horseback riding, and a cross country run. He finished fifth out of the 37 participants that year.

13: After his return, Patton reported to the commandant of the Mounted Service School in Kansas, where he became the school's first "Master of the Sword". While there, he also designed the Model 1913 Cavalry Saber. In 1915, he was sent to the Mexican border to lead cavalry patrols. He accompanied General John J. Pershing in his expeditions against Pancho Villa. Patton gained recognition for killing several of Villa's men, including his bodyguard.

15: With the United States entrance into World War One, General Pershing promoted Patton to Captain, and he became the first member and commanding officer of the United States Tank Corps in 1917. Along with the British, Captain Patton and his men achieved victory at Cambrai, France during the world's first major tank battle in 1917.

17: After World War One ended on November 11, 1918, Patton held a variety of staff jobs in Hawaii and Washington D.C. He graduated from the Command and General Staff School in 1924 and completed his military schooling as a distinguished graduate of the Army War College in 1932. In 1935, Patton wrote a paper on a possible attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.

19: After Germany's blitzkrieg attacks began in Europe, Patton, now a Brigadier General, was given command of the 2nd Armored Brigade in July 1940. On April 4th, 1941, he was promoted to Major General and made the Commanding Officer of the Second Armored Division.

21: The United States officially entered World War Two after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. By November 8, 1942, Patton was commanding the Western Task Force, the only all-American force landing in Operation Torch, the Allied Invasion of North Africa.

23: After Patton defeated the Germans at Casablanca, he continuously attacked the remaining German units from the West. At the same time, the British, commanded by General Montgomery, attacked the Germans from the East. By mid-May, all Axis forces in North Africa had been defeated.

25: As a result of his victories in North Africa, Patton recieved command of the 7th Army in preparation for the invasion of Sicily. After landing in Sicily on July 10, 1943, the Seventh repulsed several German counterattacks. Patton's men liberated Palerno, the Sicilian capital, on July 22. The German/Italian units evacuated Sicily on August 17th after the Port of Messina was captured by Patton and his men on the 16th.

27: Patton commanded the Seventh Army until 1944, when he was given command of the Third Army in Normandy. After D-Day, the Third Army dashed across Europe. After covering the 600 miles from France to Germany, the Third liberated Buchenwald Concentration Camp. By the time World War Two was over, Patton had liberated or conquered 81,522 square miles.

29: After the war ended, he assumed command of the Fifteenth Army in occupied Germany in October 1945. On December 9th, 1945, Patton was involved in a car crash near Mannheim, Germany. An Army 2-ton GMC transport truck struck the side of the car the General was riding in, resulting in him being paralyzed from the neck down.

31: After the crash took place, he was rushed to the 130th Military Station Hospital in Heidelberg. After twelve days there, General George S. Patton died of an embolism on December 21, 1945. On December 24th, he was buried at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetary in Hamm, Luxembourg along with soldiers from his Third Army.

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