George S. Patton

United States Army general (1885-1945)

George Smith Patton, Jr. (also George Smith Patton III) (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a U.S. Army officer. He was in the army from 1909 until he died in 1945.[1] He was in charge of many soldiers and he worked to defeat Germany during World War II in Europe.

George S. Patton
George S. Patton as a lieutenant general
NicknameBandito, Old Blood and Guts, The Old Man
Born(1885-11-11)November 11, 1885
San Gabriel, California
DiedDecember 21, 1945(1945-12-21) (aged 60)
Heidelberg, Occupied Germany
Place of burialAmerican Cemetery and Memorial
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
(49°36′42″N 06°11′08″E / 49.61167°N 6.18556°E / 49.61167; 6.18556)
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army War Office seal
Years of service1909–1945
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands heldMachinegun Platoon/3/15th Cavalry Regiment
K/3/15th Cavalry Regiment
A/1/7th Cavalry Regiment
HQs Troop/American Expeditionary Force
302nd Tank Center
1st Light Tank Battalion
1st Light Tank Regiment
1st Tank Brigade
304th Tank Brigade
3/3rd Cavalry Regiment
5th Cavalry Regiment
3rd Cavalry Regiment
2/2nd Armored Division
2nd Armored Division
US 1st Armored Corps
Desert Training Center
US 1st Armored Corps
U.S. II Corps
US 1st Armored Corps
U.S. Seventh Army
U.S. Third Army
U.S. Fifteenth Army
Battles/warsMexican Revolution

World War I

World War II

AwardsDistinguished Service Cross (2)
Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Legion of Honor (Fr)
Order of the White Lion (Cz)
RelationsMajor General George Patton IV (son)
General John K. Waters (Son in law)

Patton was born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California. Patton was married to Beatrice Banning Ayer from 1910 until his death in 1945. They had a son. Patton died on December 21, 1945 after a car crash in Heidelberg, Germany, aged 60. He was later buried at American Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.


  1. Carlo D'Este. Patton : A Genius for War HarperCollins, (1995).