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West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
General George S. Patton, Jr.
 
General George S. Patton, Jr. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
1. General George S. Patton, Jr. Marker
 
Inscription.
Class of 1909
by
James Earle Fraser
1950

 
Erected 1950 by Friends, officers and men of the units he commanded.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers Attached to Sculpture marker series.
 
Location. 41° 23.513′ N, 73° 57.366′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Thayer Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dwight David Eisenhower (within shouting distance of this marker); Thayer Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Twentieth Century Wars (about 600 feet away); Surrender at Saratoga (about 700 feet away); Kosciuszko’s Garden Restoration (about 700 feet away); Kosciuszko’s Garden (about 700 feet away); Malek Tennis Center (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in West Point.
 
Regarding General George S. Patton, Jr.. As reported in the Pointer View publication at West Point on September 5th, 2005, the Patton Monument and marker, originally dedicated in 1950 facing the Academy Library, were "hauled away to the lumber yard" in 2005 for what was to be two years of storage during the construction of a new library, Jefferson Hall. A West Point Museum Historical and Memorialization Committee was charged with responsibility to make a recommendation to the superintendent on the best new location for the Patton Statue and marker.

As reported in the May 7, 2009 edition of the Pointer View, it took four years for the Patton statue to be removed from storage and placed in a temporary location with a temporary marker. The original marker remains in storage, five years after it was removed from public view.

The simple metal marker pictured above was placed in 2009 alongside the statue in its temporary location. At that time, the disposition of the original (1950) cast metal marker was unspecified and its current location is unknown.

Sources: http://www.westpoint.edu/Dcomm/PV/050902/nongettysburg.htm
http://www.westpoint.edu/Dcomm/PV/yr2009/09MAY07.pdf
 
General George S. Patton, Jr. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
2. General George S. Patton, Jr. Marker
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Biography of General George S. Patton, Jr. Web Site of General George S. Patton. (Submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Patton Monument Relocation. Originally dedicated in 1950, the Patton Monument was placed in storage for four years during the construction of the new West Point library, Jefferson Hall. Since completion of construction of the new library in early 2009 the Monument has been restored to public view in a temporary location in back of the library. Upon completion of additional construction projects in the vicinity the monument is scheduled to be moved yet again. (Submitted on September 12, 2009, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.) 

3. Patton Monument Unveiling at New Location. West Point alumni publication includes photographs and description of June 11, 2009 ceremony unveiling relocated monument on the 100th anniversary of Patton's graduation from West Point. (Submitted on September 14, 2009, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.) 
 
Closeup of General Patton Statue Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
3. Closeup of General Patton Statue
The Patton Monument, sculpted by James Fraser, was unveiled in 1950 by his wife Beatrice.
 
 
George S. Patton Monument at West Point Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. George S. Patton Monument at West Point
 
 
Monuments on the Plain at West Point Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
5. Monuments on the Plain at West Point
The General Patton Monument can be seen in this photo behind one for General Dwight Eisenhower.
 
 
Patton Statue at West Point Library Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2010
6. Patton Statue at West Point Library
The statue of General George S. Patton, Jr. is seen here behind the Jefferson Hall Library. Patton graduated from the Military Academy later than others in his class. He claimed it was because he never could find the library. For this reason, his statue was placed at this location.
 
 
General George S. Patton, Jr. Monument Photo, Click for full size
By US Army Photograph - Public Domain, circa April 1962
7. General George S. Patton, Jr. Monument
Members of the West Point Class of 1962 assigned to Armor branch standing in front of the Patton Monument at West Point. In 1962 the monument was still in its original position, facing the old Cadet library. The old library was demolished and the new library erected on the original site of the Patton Monument. The monument was placed in storage for over four years while the new library was constructed, then reinstalled in its present location.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,879 times since then. Last updated on April 27, 2010, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on September 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on September 6, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7. submitted on November 7, 2011, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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