General George S. Patton Jr., Wartime Philosopher
I can’t say I know much about General George S. Patton Jr. other than his job title and the fact that every man of a certain generation seems to regard him as a role model and hero. Today, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, seemed like a good day to go poking around the website that his descendants run. Here’s some more info on this remarkable individual:
One of the most complicated military men of all time, General George Smith Patton, Jr. was born November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California. He was known for carrying pistols with ivory handles and his intemperate manner, and is regarded as one of the most successful United States field commanders of any war. He continually strove to train his troops to the highest standard of excellence.
Here are some other interesting things about him: He attended Virginia Military Institute for a year and went on to graduate from West Point. He represented his country at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in the first modern pentathlon. He served in WWI and organized the American tank school in France. He did a lot of other important things, but my favorite is this: after liberating Buchenwald concentration camp in WWII, he made a policy of forcing local German civilians to tour the camps to see what their government (and, sometimes, their own complicity) had wrought.
Now that’s one badass dude. And that’s why he provides today’s inspirational quote.
“It’s the unconquerable soul of man, not the nature of the weapon he uses, that ensures victory.”