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


Basic Information
Born December 24, 1923
place/birth Boston, Suffolk County,
Died June 27, 2004 (aged 80)
Place/death South Hamilton, Essex County,
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 40px United States of America
Branch 40px United States Army

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)
35px 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 35px 2nd Lieutenant,
1st Lieutenant
08.12.1947 00.00.1948
1st Infantry Division Headquarter Company,
7767th Tank Training Unit,
1st Infantry Division
Commanding Officer 35px 1st Lieutenant Vilseck, Germany 04.18.1949 07.25.1949
1st Infantry Division C Company,
63rd Heavy Tank Battalion,
1st Infantry Division
Commanding Officer 1st Lieutenant,
Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim, Germany 07.00.1949 00.00.0000
Second Army alternative (United States) Armor School Student Officer
(Officer's Advanced Course)
Captain Fort Knox, Kentucky 00.00.1951 06.00.1952
Second Army alternative (United States) Armor School Tank Offensive Section,
G-3 Division
Captain Fort Knox, Kentucky 06.00.1952 02.00.1953
40th Infantry Division A Company, 140th Tank Battalion,
40th Infantry Division
Commanding Officer Captain Korea 02.00.1953 00.00.1954
USMA Patch (WWII era) United States Military Academy Instructor Captain West Point, New York 00.00.1954 00.00.0000
United States Naval Academy Instructor Captain Annapolis, Maryland 00.00.0000 00.00.0000
Command and General Staff College Command and General Staff College Student Officer Captain Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 00.00.1957 00.00.1958
Armed Forces Staff College Student Officer Major Norfolk, Virginia 00.00.1961 00.00.1962
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Liaison to the CIA Lieutenant Colonel Vietnam 04.00.1962 04.00.1963
Army War College United States Army War College Student Officer 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 Lieutenant Colonel Fort Hood, Texas 00.00.1965 00.00.1965
Office, Deputy Chief of Staff (G-3),
Department of the Army
attached 35px Lieutenant Colonel Washington, D.C. 00.00.1965 00.00.0000
Mechanized and Armor Combat Operations,
Vietnam Study Group
Member Lieutenant Colonel Vietnam 00.00.0000 00.00.0000
United States Army Vietnam Headquarters,
United States Army Vietnam
Chief, Operations and Plans Lieutenant Colonel Vietnam 01.00.1968 07.00.1968
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Commanding Officer 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
2nd Lieutenant (US Infantry alternative)
2nd Lieutenant 4 Jun, 1946
1st Lieutenant (US Infantry)
1st Lieutenant 4 Jun, 1949 6 Jun, 1949
Captain (US Cavalry)
Captain 1 Apr, 1953
Major (US Cavalry)
Major 4 Jun, 1960
Lieutenant Colonel (US Cavalry)
Lieutenant Colonel 1967 23 Jan, 1963
Colonel (US Cavalry)
Colonel 2 Apr, 1968
Brigadier General (USA)
Brigadier General
Major General (USA)
Major General
Army of the United States
1st Lieutenant (US Infantry)
1st Lieutenant 23 Dec, 1947
1st Lieutenant (US Cavalry)
1st Lieutenant 3 Jan, 1950
Captain (US Cavalry)
Captain 30 Dec, 1950
Major (US Cavalry)
Major 10 Jun, 1958
Lieutenant Colonel (US Cavalry)
Lieutenant Colonel 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
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






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)


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