George S. Patton: Overcoming Life

By: James Holland

Birth and Childhood

George Smith Patton was born on November 11,1885 in San Gabriel, California to George Patton and Ruth Wilson Patton. He had one older sister named Nita Wilson Patton. Throughout his childhood, he suffered from Dyslexia and had trouble spelling. When he was eleven years old,he was sent to a public school because when he was home schooled they noticed he had trouble focusing. He looked up to his family members that were in the military and this inspired him to go to West Point.

Military career

he Was influenced to go into the army by the stories of many family members and relatives that were in the military: Revolutionary War, Civil War, Mexican War. So he went and graduated from West Point in 1909 and he was the best soldier there he chose a 38 revolver instead of a 22 revolver because he said it made bigger holes in the enemy he scored five more points than anyone else in the camp because he was an athletic person they said all those test there help him graduate and to see if they are good enough to be in the army.after graduating from west point Patton had his first real taste of battle in 1915, when he lead his cavalry patrols against Pancho Villa at Fort Bliss along the Mexican border. In 1916 he was selected to aide John J.A commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in Mexico.

Mexican-American War: when he first started he was leading cavalry against mexican troops he was the first man to drive a tank

World War I

1914, Patton was commanding the Western Task Force, the only all-American force landing for Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa. After succeeding there, Patton commanded the Seventh Army during the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, and in conjunction with the British Eighth Army restored Sicily to its citizens.

Patton commanded the Seventh Army until 1918, when he was given command of the Third Army in France. Patton and his troops dashed across Europe after the battle of Normandy and exploited German weaknesses with great success, covering the 600 miles across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. When the Third Army liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp, Patton slowed his pace.

World War II

atton was commanding the Western Task Force, the only all-American force landing for Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa. After succeeding there, Patton commanded the Seventh Army during the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, and in conjunction with the British Eighth Army restored Sicily to its citizens.

Patton commanded the Seventh Army until 1944, when he was given command of the Third Army in France. Patton and his troops dashed across Europe after the battle of Normandy and exploited German weaknesses with great success, covering the 600 miles across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. When the Third Army liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp, Patton slowed his pace.

Personal Life

he married a girl named Beatrice Ayer he did not have kids he was called master of the sword where he taught swordsmanship and he had a brain injury in his 20's because of his temper and stress


his death

In December of 1945, General George S. Patton broke his neck in a car crash near Mannheim, Germany. He died at the hospital in Heidelberg 12 days after, on December 21, 1945. In 1947, his memoir, War as I Knew It, was published posthumously.

extra information

In December of 1945, General George S. Patton broke his neck in a car crash near Mannheim, Germany. He died at the hospital in Heidelberg 12 days after, on December 21, 1945. In 1947, his memoir, War as I Knew It, was published posthumously.
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this is him when he was a general

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