George S. Patton

Canada Army General

George Smith Patton, Jr. was an officer in the United States Army best known for his leadership as a general during World War II. He also developed a reputation for eccentricity and for sometimes-controversial gruff outspokenness—such as during his profanity-laced speech to his expeditionary troops. He was on the U.S. 1912 Olympic pentathlon team and also designed the U.S. Cavalry's last combat saber: the "Patton Saber" (the M-1913).… Read More

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Patton was born on November 11, 1885, in San Gabriel, California, to George Smith Patton Sr. and his wife Ruth Wilson. … Read More


1902 16 Years Old During a family summer trip to Catalina Island in 1902, Patton met Beatrice Banning Ayer, the daughter of Boston industrialist Frederick Ayer. The two wed on May 26, 1910 in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. … Read More
1903 17 Years Old He attended VMI from 1903 to 1904 and struggled with reading and writing but performed exceptionally in uniform and appearance inspection as well as military drill, earning the admiration of fellow cadets and the respect of upperclassmen. … Read More
1904 18 Years Old On March 3, 1904, after Patton continued letter-writing and good performance in the entrance exam, Bard recommended him for West Point. … Read More


1909 - 1911 2 More Events
1912 26 Years Old 1 More Event
For his skill with running and fencing, Patton was selected as the Army's entry for the first modern pentathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. … Read More
1913 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He was temporarily assigned to the Office of the Army Chief of Staff, and in 1913, the first 20,000 of the Model 1913 Cavalry Saber—popularly known as the "Patton sword"—were ordered. … Read More
Patton graduated from this school in June 1915. … Read More


In the meantime, Patton was selected to participate in the 1916 Summer Olympics, but that olympiad was cancelled due to World War I.
He returned from the expedition permanently in February 1917. … Read More
Patton was promoted to major on January 26, 1918.


1927 41 Years Old Patton was made G-3 of the Hawaiian Division for several months, before being transferred in May 1927 to the Office of the Chief of Cavalry in Washington, D.C., where he began to develop the concepts of mechanized warfare. … Read More
1931 45 Years Old Patton left this office in 1931, returned to Massachusetts and attended the Army War College, becoming a "Distinguished Graduate" in June 1932.
1932 46 Years Old In July 1932, Patton was executive officer of the 3rd Cavalry, which was ordered to Washington by Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur. … Read More
1934 48 Years Old Patton was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the regular Army on March 1, 1934, and was transferred to the Hawaiian Division in early 1935 to serve as G-2. … Read More


1937 - 1938 3 More Events
1940 54 Years Old 1 More Event
During maneuvers the Third Army conducted in 1940, Patton served as an umpire, where he met Adna R. Chaffee Jr. and the two formulated recommendations to develop an armored force. … Read More
1941 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Patton led the division during the Tennessee Maneuvers in June 1941, and was lauded for his leadership, executing 48 hours' worth of planned objectives in only nine. … Read More
1942 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Under General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Patton was assigned to help plan the Allied invasion of French North Africa as part of Operation Torch in the summer of 1942. … Read More
Patton oversaw the conversion of Casablanca into a military port and hosted the Casablanca Conference in January 1943. … Read More
…  On January 26, 1944 Patton was formally given command of the Third United States Army in England, a newly arrived unit, and assigned to prepare its inexperienced soldiers for combat in Europe.
By February, the Germans were in full retreat. On February 23, 1945, the U.S. 94th Infantry Division crossed the Saar and established a vital bridgehead at Serrig through which Patton pushed units into the Saarland. … Read More


1945 60 Years Old He died in his sleep of pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure at about 18:00 on December 21, 1945. … Read More
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