General Patton

General Patton

Born: Nov 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California
Died: Dec 21, 1945 (at age 60) in Heidelberg, Germany
Nationality: American
Famous For: Leading the Third US Army during World War II

General George Patton was a famous military leader who led a multitude of missions during both of the world wars. Most famous for his actions and leadership skills during the freeing of Germany from the tyranny of the Nazis, General Patton died in service in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1945.

Patton’s Early Life

General George Patton was born in California in 1885 and was determined to become a war hero, just like his ancestors did in the previous wars in which the United States were involved. Despite being homeschooled until 11 years of age, Patton went to a private school in Pasadena and was considered quite intelligent. In keeping with his military wishes, he was also keenly interested in military history.

Live in Military Training

After a year in the Virginia Military Institute and plenty of letters sent to his local senator, Patton was admitted to West Point where he quickly adjusted to the military side of life there, but struggled with the academics. Despite a failed first year, Patton quickly brought his studies up to par and graduated as a cadet adjutant and as one of the best swordsmen at the academy.

In 1909, George Patton was a second lieutenant in the 15th Cavalry that was stationed in Illinois. Through hard work and dedication, he quickly moved up and was transferred to Fort Myer, Virginia.

Leadership in World War One

After being put in charge of the United States Tank Corps, First Officer Patton quickly became one of the leading commanders in tank strategy thanks to his brilliant tactics used during the Battle of Cambrai in France.

Patton received a Distinguished Service Cross due to his tactics during that battle, as well as the fact that he has sustained a bullet to the leg.

Leadership in World War Two

Despite his heroism in WWI, Patton is most associated with his exploits during WWII. Not only did he lead a victorious assault on Sicily while commanding the 7th US Army, he was also granted command of the 3rd US Army for use on D-Day in 1944. With Patton spurring his troops on, his army quickly enveloped France and took a multitude of cities and towns.

After that, Patton continued with his army until he drove it straight into German territory. Through a 10-day march through enemy territory, Patton’s army continued to liberate over 10k miles of land – freeing the Germans from the Nazis as he went.

The Death of General Patton

Despite Patton’s bravado and apparent lust for war, he did not die from battle, however he did pass away from an accident in Germany.

Reportedly, Patton was said to have been riding in a car when it collided with another vehicle at a low speed. While the other occupants of the car were said to have only minor injuries, Patton’s head hit the window glass and caused several of his vertebrae to dislocate as well as a compression fracture.

His wife flew from the States to visit him in the hospital, where he remained alive for several days. Despite the constant medical care he was receiving, he passed away from CHF on December 21, 1945.