General
George Smith Patton, Jr.
Four Star General Officer Flag

Information[edit | edit source]

Basic Information
Born 11 November 1885
Place of birth San Gabriel, Los Angeles County,
California
Died 21 December 1945 (aged 60)
Place of death Heidelberg, Allied-occupied Germany
Cause of death automobile accident
Buried at American Cemetery and Memorial,
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Spouse Beatrice Banning Ayer
(m. 5.25.1910 - 12.21.1945; his death)
Alma mater United States Military Academy ('09, B.S.)
Nickname Bandito; Old Blood and Guts;
The Old Man
Military Info
Allegiance 40px United States of America
Branch 40px United States Army
Years/service

Service # Officer -

Career Summary[edit | edit source]

Command or Organization Insignia Branch Location Begin Date End Date
Civilian
Cadet
2nd Lieutenant Insignia.png Second Lieutenant (pre-December 1917 had no insignia)
8px First Lieutenant
21px Captain
27px Colonel (17 October 1918)
Commanding Officer — 304th Tank Brigade
(attached to Tank Corps)
Camp Meade, Maryland 02 March 1919 --
22px Major (01 July 1920)
Commanding Officer — 304th Tank Brigade
(attached to Tank Corps)
Camp Meade, Maryland -- 19 September 1920
Commanding Officer — 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Fort Myer, Virginia 21 September 1920 20 November 1922
Student Officer, Advanced Course — Cavalry School Fort Riley, Kansas 01 January 1922 06 June 1923
Student Officer — General Service Schools Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 12 September 1923 12 June 1924
Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1 — First Corps Area Boston, Massachusetts 00 July 1924 05 March 1925
Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1/2/3 — Hawaiian Department
Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1/2/3 — Hawaiian Division
Hawaiian Department.png Honolulu, Hawaii 00 April 1925 00 April 1928
G-3 Officer — Office of the Chief of Cavalry Washington, D.C. 14 April 1928 17 August 1931
Student Officer — Army War College Washington Barracks, Washington, D.C. 18 August 1931 25 June 1932
Executive Officer — 3rd Cavalry 3rd Cavalry Division.png Fort Myer, Virginia 25 June 1932 --
22px Lieutenant Colonel (01 March 1934)
Executive Officer — 3rd Cavalry 3rd Cavalry Division.png Fort Myer, Virginia -- 15 April 1935
Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2 — Hawaiian Department Fort Shafter, Hawaii 08 June 1935 12 July 1937
Director of Instruction — Cavalry School Fort Riley, Kansas 00 August 1937 00 July 1938
27px Colonel (01 July 1938)
Commanding General5th Cavalry
(attached to 1st Cavalry Division)
1st Cavalry Division.png Fort Clark, Texas 24 July 1938 10 December 1938
Commanding General — 3rd Cavalry
(attached to 3rd Cavalry Division)
3rd Cavalry Division.png Fort Myer, Virginia 10 December 1938 26 July 1940
Commanding General — 2nd Armored Brigade
(attached to 2nd Armored Division)
2nd Armored Division (olive drab border).png Fort Benning, Georgia 26 July 1940 --
U.S. Army General Flag (Brigadier General, plain).png Brigadier General (01 October 1940)
Commanding General — 2nd Armored Brigade
(attached to 2nd Armored Division)
2nd Armored Division (olive drab border).png Fort Benning, Georgia -- 11 April 1941
U.S. Army General Flag (Major General, plain).png Major General (04 April 1941)
Commanding General2nd Armored Division 2nd Armored Division (olive drab border).png Fort Benning, Georgia 11 April 1941 15 January 1942
Commanding GeneralI Armored Corps I Armored Corps.png Camp Young, California 15 January 1942 06 August 1942
Commanding General — I Armored Corps
Commander — London Base Command
London, England, United Kingdom 06 August 1942 07 November 1942
Commanding General — I Armored Corps 06 August 1942 06 March 1943
Commanding GeneralII Corps II US Corps.png 06 March 1943 --
U.S. Army General Flag (Lieutenant General, plain).png Lieutenant General (12 March 1943)
Commanding General — II Corps II US Corps.png -- 15 April 1943
Commanding General — I Armored Corps I Armored Corps.png 15 April 1943 10 July 1943
Commanding GeneralSeventh Army Seventh Army (United States).png 10 July 1943 31 December 1943
Commanding General — First Army Group (fictitious)
Commanding GeneralThird Army
Third Army (United States).png 26 January 1944 --
U.S. Army General Flag (General, plain).png General (14 April 1945)
Commanding General — Third Army Third Army (United States).png -- 07 October 1945
Commanding GeneralFifteenth Army Fifteenth Army (United States).png Bad Nauheim, Germany 07 October 1945 21 December 1945

Dates of Rank[edit | edit source]

Awards and Decorations[edit | edit source]

Personal Decorations
Distinguished Service Cross (1 Oakleaf).png Distinguished Service Cross
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2 Oakleaf).png Army Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal.png Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (1 Oakleaf).png Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit.png Legion of Merit
Bronze Star.png Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart.png Purple Heart
Silver Lifesaving Medal.png Silver Lifesaving Medal
Mexican Service Medal.png Mexican Service Medal
World War I Victory Medal (4 stars).png World War I Victory Medal
American Defense Service Medal.png American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal.png American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (7 stars).png European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal.png World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal.png Army of Occupation Medal
Foreign Personal Decorations
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Foreign Service Awards
Identification Badges
Third Army (United States).png Third United States Army
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia - Former Wartime Service patch
(worn from 1945 - 1945)
Other Accoutrements
Overseas Service Bar (WWII).png Five Overseas Service Bars
Overseas Service Bar (WWI).png Four Overseas Service Chevrons

Battles/Wars Participation[edit | edit source]

Mexican Expedition (15 Mar 1916 - 08 Jan 1917)

World War I (06 Apr 1917 - 11 Nov 1918)

World War II (08 Dec 1941 - 02 Sept 1945)

Foreign and Overseas Service[edit | edit source]

Quotes / Reflections[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

04 Mar, 1944: Patton purchased his dog, Willy, named after William the Conqueror.

Family[edit | edit source]

Name Relation Lifespan Notes
Beatrice B. Patton (née Ayer) Wife 12 Jan 1886 - 30 Sep 1953
Son: George S. Patton IV
George S. Patton IV Son 24 Feb 1923 - 27 Jun 2004 Major General, USA
George S. Patton, Jr. Grandson
Daughter: Beatrice S. Waters
Beatrice S. Waters (née Patton) Daughter 19 Mar 1911 - 24 Oct 1952
John K. Waters Son-in-Law General, USA
George S. Waters Grandson
John Waters Grandson
Daughter: Ruth E. Totten
Ruth E. Totten (née Patton) Daughter 28 Feb 1915 - 25 Nov 1993
James W. Totten Son-in-Law 05 Sep 1912 - 16 Mar 1967 Major General, USA
Michael W. Totten Grandson
Beatrice Totten Granddaughter
James Totten Grandson
Father / Mother
George S. Patton, Sr. Father
Ruth Patton (née Wilson) Mother
Other Relatives
George S. Patton, Sr. Paternal Grandfather Colonel, CSA
Wallace T. Patton Paternal Great-Uncle Lieutenant Colonel, CSA
John M. Patton Paternal Great-Uncle Colonel, CSA
Isaac Patton Paternal Great-Uncle Colonel, CSA
William T. Glassell Paternal Great-Uncle Commander, CSN
Hugh Mercer Great-Grandfather Brigadier General, USA
Hugh W. Mercer Brigadier General, CSA
Benjamin D. Wilson Maternal Grandfather Mayor, Los Angeles

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

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