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General George S. Patton, Jr.

 
 
General George S. Patton, Jr. Marker image. 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.
 
Location. 41° 23.502′ N, 73° 57.359′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Thayer Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch 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. Thayer Walk (a few steps from this marker); Dwight David Eisenhower (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 600 feet away); West Point Bicentennial (about 600 feet away); Taylor Hall (about 600 feet away); Kosciuszko’s Garden Restoration (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
 
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
General George S. Patton, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
2. General George S. Patton, Jr. Marker
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.) 
 
Categories. War, World IWar, World II
 
Proposed General George S. Patton, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frederick Bothwell, 2017
3. Proposed General George S. Patton, Jr. Marker
The existing painted metal plate marker, mounted askew on a stick in the ground near the statue of General Patton, was installed in what was to be a temporary location for the statue in 2009. A number of graduates have expressed a willingness to pay for the creation and installation of a more appropriate bronze and granite marker, pending approval by USMA leadership.
Closeup of General Patton Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. Closeup of General Patton Statue
The Patton Monument, sculpted by James Fraser, was unveiled in 1950 by his wife Beatrice.
Patton Monument Rededication image. Click for full size.
By US Army, May 15, 2009
5. Patton Monument Rededication
George S. Patton monument rededicated in a temporary location by Patton's grandson and West Point Superintendant LTG Franklin L. Hagenbeck
George S. Patton Monument at West Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
6. George S. Patton Monument at West Point
Monuments on the Plain at West Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
7. 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 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2010
8. 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 image. Click for full size.
By US Army Photograph - Public Domain, circa April 1962
9. 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.
George S. Patton, Jr. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2011
10. George S. Patton, Jr.
This 1945 portrait of George S. Patton Jr. by Boleslaw Jan Czedekowski hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“Nicknamed ‘Old Blood and Guts,’ General George Patton Jr. had a penchant for harsh, bluntly spoken opinions that sometimes made him the object of controversy during World War II. There was, however, no debating his soldiering abilities. In the Allied drive against Axis armies in North Africa, his gift for instilling frontline discipline was critical in shaping unseasoned American soldiers into effective fighting units. His leadership proved crucial again in the invasion of Sicily, but his finest moment came during the massive German counteroffensive in northern Europe's Ardennes region in 1944-45. His part in repelling the Germans there placed beyond challenge his reputation as one of the most brilliant field commanders of the war.

The inscription in the portrait's upper left corner was from Patton's declaration of May 9, 1945, telling his soldiers what an honor it had been to lead them.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,717 times since then and 285 times this year. Last updated on April 8, 2017, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on September 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on April 4, 2017, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.   4. submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on February 5, 2017, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.   6, 7. submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   8. submitted on September 6, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   9. submitted on November 7, 2011, by Frederick Bothwell of Georgetown, Texas.   10. submitted on May 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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