George Patton: "Old Blood and Guts": Perfect Fit for Veterans Day

Born today was General Patton.

In combat the Nazis he did  flatten.

Iron will and hair-trigger temper,

Like Caesar, manqué Roman emp'ror.

"Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can  indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men  are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense  of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood."  [General George S. Patton]

His WWII Battles: Troops under his command  took Casablanca in the Mediterranean Theatre of the war; he lead the II Corps in the invasion of Sicily; he  led the 3rd Army in relief of  Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge.

Postscript: His bigger than life abrasive  persona and overweening self-image frequently locked horns with the military and political establishment. Some find his death in an auto accident in post-war Germany highly suspicious.


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