Rename FORT HOOD after General George Smith Patton Jr!

FORT HOOD is an Armored Division and should be renamed after one of Armored’s Greatest WWII Generals.¬† I was a Gunner on a M-60 Main Battle Tank and this is the only man I believe is deserving of such a Recognition.¬† Fort Old Blood and Guts.¬† That name is what hell it is being in a Tank.¬† Who?

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General George Smith Patton Jr.

Born: November 11, 1885
Died: December 21, 1945
Born into a proud military tradition, George S. Patton Jr. was a pioneer in tank warfare and one of the best known and most effective American Generals of World War II. A brilliant battlefield commander and inspiring and colorful leader, Patton was admired by his troops for his great determination. In a series of masterful campaigns, Patton led American forces in World War II to decisive victories in the deserts of North Africa, the fields of Sicily and the plains of Europe. Ironically, this great warrior fought and survived the heat of battle in two world wars, only to die in a traffic accident at the height of his fame and accomplishment.

 

 

 

George Smith Patton Jr.¬†(November 11, 1885 ‚Äď 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¬†after the¬†Allied¬†invasion of Normandy¬†in June 1944.

George S. Patton
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Patton in 1945
Birth name George Smith Patton Jr.
Nickname(s) “Bandito”
“Old Blood and Guts”
Born November 11, 1885
San Gabriel, California, U.S.
Died December 21, 1945 (aged 60)
Heidelberg, Allied-occupied Germany
Buried
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years¬†of service 1908‚Äď1945
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Unit Cavalry Branch, Armor Branch
Commands held Seventh United States Army
Third United States Army
Fifteenth United States Army

Battles/wars Mexican Revolution


World War I


World War II

Awards Distinguished Service Cross (2)
Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Complete list of decorations
Spouse(s)
Beatrice Banning Ayer (m. 1910)
Children Beatrice Smith
Ruth Ellen
George Patton IV
Relations George Smith Patton II (father)
George Smith Patton I (grandfather)
Benjamin Davis Wilson (grandfather)
John K. Waters (son-in-law)
Signature George S Patton Signature.svg

Born in 1885, Patton attended the¬†Virginia Military Institute¬†and the¬†U.S. Military Academy¬†at West Point. He studied¬†fencing¬†and designed the¬†M1913 Cavalry Saber, more commonly known as the “Patton Saber”, and competed in¬†modern pentathlon¬†in the¬†1912 Summer Olympics¬†in¬†Stockholm,¬†Sweden.

Patton first saw combat during 1916’s¬†Pancho Villa Expedition, America’s first military action using motor vehicles. He saw action in¬†World War I¬†as part of the new¬†United States Tank Corps¬†of the¬†American Expeditionary Forces: he commanded the U.S. tank school in France, then led tanks into combat and was wounded near the end of the war. In the interwar period, Patton became a central figure in the development of the Army’s¬†armored warfare¬†doctrine, serving in numerous staff positions throughout the country. At the American entry into World War II, he commanded the¬†2nd Armored Division.

Patton led U.S. troops into the Mediterranean theater with an invasion of¬†Casablanca¬†during¬†Operation Torch¬†in 1942, and soon established himself as an effective commander by rapidly rehabilitating the demoralized¬†U.S. II Corps. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Army during the¬†Allied invasion of Sicily, where he was the first Allied commander to reach¬†Messina. There he was embroiled in controversy after he¬†slapped two shell-shocked soldiers, and was temporarily removed from battlefield command. He then was assigned a key role in¬†Operation Fortitude, the Allies’¬†disinformation¬†campaign for¬†Operation Overlord. At the start of the¬†Western Allied invasion of France, Patton was given command of the Third Army, which conducted a highly successful rapid armored¬†drive across France. Under his decisive leadership, the Third Army took the lead in relieving beleaguered American troops at¬†Bastogne¬†during the¬†Battle of the Bulge, after which his forces drove deep into¬†Nazi Germany¬†by the end of the war.

During the Allied occupation of Germany, Patton was named military governor of Bavaria, but was relieved for making 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.

Patton’s colorful image, hard-driving personality and success as a commander were at times overshadowed by his controversial public statements. His philosophy of leading from the front, and his ability to inspire troops with attention-getting, vulgarity-ridden speeches, such as his¬†famous address to the Third Army, was met favorably by his troops, but much less so by a sharply divided Allied high command. His emphasis on rapid and aggressive offensive action proved effective, and he was regarded highly by his opponents in the¬†German High Command. An award-winning biographical film released in 1970,¬†Patton, helped solidify his image as an American¬†folk hero.

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