Patton, George S. (IV)

1974 TLS by WW II General George Patton’s son, himself a tank commander in Vietnam, rising to Major General

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(1923-2004) USMA 1946, son of General George S. Patton Jr. US Army Major General, served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Served in West Germany during Berlin Airlift and in Korea commanded a tank battalion earning a Silver Star and Purple Heart. He served 3 tours in So. Vietnam, the 1st 1962-1963 at MACV, promoted to Lieut. Colonel. He commanded 2nd Medium Tank Battalion, 81st Armored Regt., 1st Armored Division in Texas before his 2nd tour in 1967, lasting only 3 months. During Patton's final and most intense tour, 1968-69, he was awarded two 2 DSCs for actions on the battlefield. During this final tour, after his promotion to Colonel in April 1968, he was given command of the 11th Armored Cavalry Div. In Vietnam, Patton frequently used helicopters as a mobile command post, and was shot down 3 times and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After Vietnam, he was promoted to Brigadier General 1970 before becoming CO of the 2nd Armored Div., in 1975, as a Major General, a unit his father commanded before WW II, the 1st time in Army history that a father and a son commanded the same division. Brigadier General Patton was Deputy Post Commander at Fort Knox in 1972, known as a "GI General”. He was assigned to VII Corps in West Germany as Deputy Commander. Stationed near Stuttgart he became friends with Manfred Rommel, son of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who later became the city's mayor. They remained friends until Patton’s death in 2004, both sharing the same birthday. He was 4th in his line to be named George Smith Patton. Though given the name Junior, Patton's father was actually the 3rd George Smith Patton. For this reason, Patton was christened George Smith Patton IV. Following his father's death in 1945, Patton changed his legal name to George Smith Patton, dropping “IV”. TLS as Major General, Army Readiness Region I, on 8 ˝ x 7 two-star flag letterhead, Fort Devens, Mass., November 18 1974, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, Army War College. In a response to a request for something related to his father’s career for an exhibit, Patton sends more “loot”, the Seventh (corrected by hand from “Sicilian”) Army Operations Report from the Sicilian Campaign which he hopes Smith can use. DeWITT C. SMITH,JR. (1920 -1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. In 1942, he joined the US Army and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, served with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. He was wounded 3 times and awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, and 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged in 1946, he returned to active duty for the Korean War and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, and was a battalion executive officer and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He commanded a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry Div. in Vietnam. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson, Colo. was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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