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George S. Patton Jr. Essay

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George S. Patton Jr.; born November 11th 1885 in San Gabriel California was born into a family of long military service. Over the course of his life he would follow this tradition and become a driving force of the allied victory in World War II. He was also a descendent of the revolutionary war brigadier general Hugh Mercer. Some family also fought for the confederacy. Along his adventures as a child he found an old confederate raider by the name of John S. Mosby. He told Patton old war stories and this drove him to carry on his family tradition and want to become a soldier. Leaving home he went to the Virginia Military Institute in 1903. (Province) After he was in the institute for a year he transferred to West Point in 1904. (Province) He repeated his plebe year at West Point due to his deficiency in math; he then graduated at the rank of cadet adjutant in 1909. (Hickman)

After his graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the cavalry in 1909 and reports to the 15th cavalry in Fort Sheridan Illinois. (Province) Later in 1910 he married Beatrice Ayer, the daughter Frederick Ayer of Boston who was the owner of the American Woolen Company. (Province) A year later in 1911 their first child Beatrice Patton, Jr. is born. (Province) In 1912 he competed in the first modern pentathlon, representing the United States, he did surprising well for the twenty-six year old. The events consisted of pistol shooting from 25 meters, sword fencing, 800 meter horseback ride, 300 meter free style swim, and a 4-kilometer cross country run. He placed fifth overall despite his non stellar performance in the shooting portion. While most contestants chose a .22 revolver Patton felt the event should return to its military roots so he chose a .38 revolver. He was docked for missing the target to which he protested the stray bullet went through the hole of the previous one since the .38 left a much bigger hole then .22 left. (George S. Patton biography)

After the pentathlon he attended the French cavalry school and studied French Sword drill in 1913. (Province) During his time he became the United States Army’s first “Master of the Sword.” Also during this time he designed the Army’s M1913 saber which is a large straight, double-edged, thrusting blade designed to be used by light cavalry. The weapon later became known as the “Patton Saber.” The design of this blade came from a couple different sword designs and ideas of use, instead of a curved blade to slashing a straight blade for thrusting was used instead. (Province)

In the summer of the same year he received orders to report to Fort Riley’s Mounted Service School in Kansas. (George S. Patton biography) Graduating from the Advanced Crouse at the cavalry school in 1914 and writing the United States Army Saber Regulation of the same year. (Province) His first potential experience in battle is refused as the War Department refuses permission to serve with the French in WWI. (Province)

In 1915 he buys his...

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