Sunday, August 10, 2014

General George Patton Museum - Fort Knox, Kentucky

Well, here it is June 21, 2014. We were on our way to Ohio but before we got there we had to stop for a bit at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
 George gets so excited when he sees a tank as he was a tank driver during Viet Nam.
 Then...we followed the signs to the General George Patton Museum! Of course we had to go inside.


 Those tanks again! :)
 Just take a peep with me.
 Some little toys of General Patton.
 His bible.
 Born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California, Patton descended from military stock and dreamed of making his mark on the battlefield. He attended the Virginia Military Institute and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point on June 11, 1909.

Patton's passion for armor was evident from the early days of tank warfare. Patton was the first member of the United States Tank Corps in 1917 (it was abolished in 1920). Patton went on to organize the American tank school in Bourg, France. Patton's Armor corps achieved victory at the first major American offensive of WWI at St. Mihiel in September 1918, working alongside the British. He led a brigade into the Meuse-Argonne operation in late September 1918, where he was shot once in the leg while he was directing tanks, earning him the Distinguished Service Cross for Heroism.

He continued to distinguish himself in World War II where he commanded a corps in North Africa and the Seventh Army in Sicily. His crowning achievement was his command of the Third Army, which swept across Europe, covering 600 miles across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. By the time WWII was over, the Third Army had liberated or conquered 81,522 square miles of territory.

Soldier, liberator, leader, General George S. Patton's accomplishments were many and his legacy is lasting.
 William the Conquer "Willy" - Patton's dog.
Another tank snap! :)

We'll continue on with the trip.

Happy trails,
Shelia ;)

5 comments:

  1. Thats' a place I'd love to visit. Tell George that if you're ever in the Chicago area he has to visit Cantigny.

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  2. A very interesting visit and post Shelia, thank you. xx

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  3. My former husband was in DaNang in 1967-1968. A terrifying year for me, our three sons and our daughter born during his tour of duty. My grandchildren lost their 13 year old black lab "Patton" two weeks ago .. he was an amazing family member, named for a strong commander! Travel safe ....

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  4. Thank you for this post, it was very informative and I enjoyed it very much. Sounds like you all are seeing so many wonderful sites on this trip. I am afraid once you get moved into your new home in New York, you won't want to leave those sweet babies.
    Have a great trip.
    Mary

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