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George Smith Patton IV
George S. Patton IV (MG) (2)

InformationEdit

Basic Information
Born December 24, 1923
place/birth Boston, Suffolk County,
Massachusetts
Died June 27, 2004 (aged 80)
Place/death South Hamilton, Essex County,
Massachusetts
Cause/death Parkinson's disease
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Spouse Joanne Holbrook
(m. 1952 - 2004; his death)
Alma mater United States Military Academy
Nickname GI General
Nationality European American
Military Info
Allegiance US Flag United States of America
Branch US Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years/service

Service # Officer - 28685

In-depth Career SummaryEdit

Insignia Name Position Lapel Rank Location Begin Date End Date
Military Career
United States Military Academy - - Cadet West Point, New York 07.15.1942 06.12.1943
United States Military Academy - - Cadet West Point, New York 09.02.1943 06.03.1945
Infantry School Student Officer
(Officer's Basic Course)
US Army Infantry Insignia 2nd Lieutenant Fort Benning, Georgia 00.00.1946 00.00.1947
1st Infantry Division D Troop, 5th US Constabulary Regiment,
7767th Tank Training Center,
1st Infantry Division
Troop Officer US Army Infantry Insignia 2nd Lieutenant,
1st Lieutenant
08.12.1947 00.00.1948
1st Infantry Division Headquarter Company,
7767th Tank Training Unit,
1st Infantry Division
Commanding Officer US Army Infantry Insignia 1st Lieutenant Vilseck, Germany 04.18.1949 07.25.1949
1st Infantry Division C Company,
63rd Heavy Tank Battalion,
1st Infantry Division
Commanding Officer
Armor Branch Insignia
1st Lieutenant,
Captain
Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim, Germany 07.00.1949 00.00.0000
Second Army alternative (United States) Armor School Student Officer
(Officer's Advanced Course)
Armor Branch Insignia
Captain Fort Knox, Kentucky 00.00.1951 06.00.1952
Second Army alternative (United States) Armor School Tank Offensive Section,
G-3 Division
Armor Branch Insignia
Captain Fort Knox, Kentucky 06.00.1952 02.00.1953
40th Infantry Division A Company, 140th Tank Battalion,
40th Infantry Division
Commanding Officer
Armor Branch Insignia
Captain Korea 02.00.1953 00.00.1954
USMA Patch (WWII era) United States Military Academy Instructor
Armor Branch Insignia
Captain West Point, New York 00.00.1954 00.00.0000
United States Naval Academy Instructor
Armor Branch Insignia
Captain Annapolis, Maryland 00.00.0000 00.00.0000
Command and General Staff College Command and General Staff College Student Officer
Armor Branch Insignia
Captain Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 00.00.1957 00.00.1958
Armed Forces Staff College Student Officer
Armor Branch Insignia
Major Norfolk, Virginia 00.00.1961 00.00.1962
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Liaison to the CIA
Armor Branch Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel Vietnam 04.00.1962 04.00.1963
Army War College United States Army War College Student Officer
Armor Branch Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania 00.00.1964 00.00.1965
1st Armored Division 2nd Medium Tank Battalion,
81st Armored Regiment,
1st Armored Division
Commanding Officer
Armor Branch Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel Fort Hood, Texas 00.00.1965 00.00.1965
Office, Deputy Chief of Staff (G-3),
Department of the Army
attached US Army General Staff Insignia Lieutenant Colonel Washington, D.C. 00.00.1965 00.00.0000
Mechanized and Armor Combat Operations,
Vietnam Study Group
Member
Armor Branch Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel Vietnam 00.00.0000 00.00.0000
United States Army Vietnam Headquarters,
United States Army Vietnam
Chief, Operations and Plans
Armor Branch Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel Vietnam 01.00.1968 07.00.1968
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Commanding Officer
Armor Branch Insignia
Colonel Vietnam 07.15.1968 00.00.0000
2nd US Armored Division 2nd Armored Division Commanding General Major General Fort Hood, Texas 06.00.1975 00.00.0000
VII US Corps (Alternative) VII United States Corps Deputy Commanding General Major General Germany 00.00.0000 00.00.1980
Civilian Career
Veterans Advisory Board,
Veterans Life Insurance Company
Board Member [[|]]

Dates of RankEdit

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Appointment Age Date of Rank Accepted
Regular Army
No Insignia Cadet 2 Sept, 1943
O-1
2nd Lieutenant (US Infantry alternative)
2nd Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
4 Jun, 1946
O-2
1st Lieutenant (US Infantry)
1st Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
4 Jun, 1949 6 Jun, 1949
O-3
Captain (US Cavalry)
Captain
Armor Branch Insignia
1 Apr, 1953
O-4
Major (US Cavalry)
Major
Armor Branch Insignia
4 Jun, 1960
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel (US Cavalry)
Lieutenant Colonel
Armor Branch Insignia
1967 23 Jan, 1963
O-6
Colonel (US Cavalry)
Colonel
Armor Branch Insignia
2 Apr, 1968
O-7
Brigadier General (USA)
Brigadier General
O-8
Major General (USA)
Major General
Retired
Army of the United States
O-2
1st Lieutenant (US Infantry)
1st Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
23 Dec, 1947
O-2
1st Lieutenant (US Cavalry)
1st Lieutenant
Armor Branch Insignia
3 Jan, 1950
O-3
Captain (US Cavalry)
Captain
Armor Branch Insignia
30 Dec, 1950
O-4
Major (US Cavalry)
Major
Armor Branch Insignia
10 Jun, 1958
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel (US Cavalry)
Lieutenant Colonel
Armor Branch Insignia
23 Jan, 1963

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Personal Decorations
Distinguished Service Cross (1 Oakleaf) Distinguished Service Cross (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (1 Oakleaf) Silver Star (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Legion of Merit (2 Oakleaf) Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Distinguished Flying Cross Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star (Valor & 1 OLC) Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Valor Device)
Air Medal Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal (3OLC) Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Purple Heart Purple Heart
Unit Awards
Presidential Unit Citation Presidential Unit Citation
Service/Campaign Medals
American Campaign Medal American Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal (1 Service Star) National Defense Service Medal (1 Service Star)
Korean Service Medal (2 SS) Korean Service Medal (2 Service Stars)
Vietnam Service Medal (7SS) Vietnam Service Medal (7 Service Stars)
Combat/Special Skill Badges
Army Aviator Badge
Army Aviator Badge (Basic)
Parachutist Badge
Parachutist Badge (Basic)
Identification Badges
Army General Staff Identification Badge
Army General Staff Identification Badge
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia worn as his
Combat Service Identification Badge
Other Accoutrements
US Army Armor Wreath Pin
Army Armor Pin
Overseas Service Bar (WWII) 7 Overseas Service Bars
Foreign Personal Decorations
Korean War Service Medal Korean War Service Medal
Distinguished Service Order (Vietnam) (Army; 2nd Class) Vietnamese Distinguished Service Order (2nd Class)
Gallantry Cross (Vietnam) (2 Bronze; 1 Gold) Vietnamese Gallantry Cross (3 Stars)
Armed Forces Honor Medal (Vietnam) Vietnamese Armed Forces Honor Medal
Foreign Unit Awards
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (Vietnam) (Palm) Vietnamese Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (Palm)
Non-United States Service Awards
United Nations Korea Medal United Nations Korea Medal
Foreign Service Awards
Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnamese Campaign Medal ('1960-' bar)
Foreign Combat/Special Skill Badges
Parachutist Badge (Vietnam)
Vietnamese Parachutist Badge

Battles/WarsEdit

QuotesEdit

NotesEdit

FamilyEdit

GalleryEdit

George S. Patton IV (COL) (1)
George S. Patton IV (COL) (2)
George S. Patton IV (MG) (2)
George S. Patton IV (MG) (1)
George S. Patton IV (MG) (4)

ReferencesEdit

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