Patch, Alexander M.

led Americal Division at Guadalcanal and 7th Army in So. France & Germany; died Nov. 1945

Price: $150.00

Description:
(1889-1945) USMA 1913, Brigadier General 1941, Major General 1942, Lieutenant General 1944, General 1954, (posthumous). Organized Americal Division and led them at Guadalcanal in Oct. 1942 to relieve the malaria-ridden 1st Marine Division. In December, Patch moved up to command XIV Corps, and was put in charge of the entire Guadalcanal offensive. He personally led troops in battles of Mount Austen, Galloping Horse, and Sea Horse to capture fortified hills and ridges from the Japanese forces. Under his leadership, by Feb. 1943 the Japanese were driven from Guadalcanal. Took over 7th Army from General Mark Clark, landed in So. France Aug. 1944, led fast offensive up the Rhone Valley. On Sept. 9, near Dijon, he met up with elements of Patton's 3rd Army that had driven east from Normandy. Retained command of the 7th Army to the end of the war, crossing into Germany over the Rhine, attacking the Siegfried Line, and into southern Germany. In Aug. 1945, returned to US to take command of the 4th Army, but died of pneumonia Nov. 21. Frameable typed identification as Lieutenant General on 3 3/4 x 4 3/4 fragment of a Headquarters Seventh Army/Office of the Commanding General envelope, signed "AM Patch". Undated but ca. 1944-45.

Condition: Good, slightly trimmed at top, light overall wear
Type:Signature






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