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Sunday, July 11, 2004
(GyG'sMailbag: Via Marine Richard Roberts)
Obituary for a Patriot: Maj. Gen George S. Patton Dies at 80
by Scott Stanley, Jr.
George Smith Patton III was a senior at West Point when his famous
father was killed in a bizarre December 1945 road accident in Germany.
When Westbrook Pegler and other journalists approached Bea Patton for
confirmation from her husband's papers that Gen. Dwight Eisenhower had
carried on a notorious affair with his British driver Kaye Summersby, she
refused, explaining that she did not believe loose talk and, besides, her
son was a career officer. He was indeed, and a very good one. The younger
Patton first saw action in Korea and later served three tours in Vietnam,
where he was awarded a Purple Heart and two Distinguished Service Crosses.
As a colonel he commanded the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and
rose to the rank of major general when he was about to be named commander
of U.S. armored forces in Germany. It was 1980, Jimmy Carter was
president, and when the Soviets objected to so able a son of their old
enemy being given such a command, Carter flinched and Patton retired in
At the family home in Hamilton, Mass., with his wife Joanne, Patton
turned his hand in retirement to the unlikely profession of "tomato
farmer" at Green Meadow Farm, the family estate, and delighted to sell his
produce at a roadside stand. Patton's friend, Lt. Gen. Charley Brown, told
the story of a ragtag National Guard tank convoy that had stopped to buy
cold cider at the Patton stand and returned to headquarters that evening
to report an encounter with a crazy old farmer who chewed them out for the
shabby state of their equipment, their dress, and their demeanor.
"And get this," a National Guard private confided to the colonel in
charge of the armory, "the crazy old son of a bitch thought he was Gen.
George S. Patton."
He was indeed, every inch of him, and when the turncoat John F. Kerry
ran for the U.S. Senate, Patton called a press conference, declared Kerry
to be "soft on communism," and said that by providing propaganda for the
enemy during the Vietnam War, Kerry "gave aid and comfort to the enemy and
probably caused some of my guys to get killed."
How George would have loved it that today the New York Times gave
exactly twice as much space to the obituary of lifelong communist
propagandist Agnes Cunningham as it did to his. No doubt that would have
amused him as much as his retirement business cards, printed in green ink,
that read: "George S. Patton, Farmer."
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 7, at 10 a.m. in St.
John's Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms, Mass.; his burial service will
take place at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m.
GLOBE and ANCHOR
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