George S. Patton

George S. Patton

Born: November 11, 1885

Died: December 21, 1945

Nationality: American

Occupation: Soldier

Biography: 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.

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Source/Notes: Speech at the Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston Massachusetts (7 June 1945), quoted in Patton : Ordeal and Triumph (1970) by Ladislas Farago

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