Patton IV, George, MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
00G2-Army General Officer (G2)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1976-1980, HQ, 7th Army
Service Years
1946 - 1980

Armor

Major General



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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Home Town
Boston
Last Address
Boston

Date of Passing
Jun 27, 2004
 
Location of Interment
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US Army Retired (Pre-2007)


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 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of Valor
  1968, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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PATTON, GEORGE SMITH
(First Award) 

Colonel (Armor), U.S. Army
Headquarters, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment,
Date of Action: September 5, 1968
HQ US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 5468 (November 27, 1968)
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Smith Patton, Colonel (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Colonel Patton distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 5 September 1968 during a battle with a North Vietnamese Army force near Chanh Luu.

From his command and control helicopter Colonel Patton saw a force of fifty-eight hostile soldiers attempting to escape his troops' encirclement. He immediately directed his door gunners to engage the communists and ordered his pilot to land in the vicinity of the enemy element. As the aircraft touched down it was damaged by an intense barrage of hostile fire from a deep, well concealed ravine.

Aided by helicopter gunships, Colonel Patton led an assault against the North Vietnamese positions which forced the enemy to withdraw. A three-man rocket propelled grenade team remained behind to cover their retreat. When a platoon of infantry arrived to assist him, Colonel Patton led a squad into the ravine and directed an assault on the hostile position. During the fierce engagement Colonel Patton captured one of the aggressors, and the other two were killed as they tried to flee the ravine.

Colonel Patton's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. 




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Patton III, George (Old Blood & Guts), GEN
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PATTON, GEORGE SMITH
(Second Award) 

Colonel (Armor), U.S. Army
Headquarters, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment,
Date of Action: September 24, 1968
HQ US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 839 (March 9, 1969)

Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross (First Oak Leaf Cluster) is presented to George Smith Patton, Colonel (Armor), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Colonel Patton distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 24 September 1968 while directing a sweep around the village of Chanh Luu conducted jointly by the 36th Army of the Republic of Vietnam Rangers and Troop B of his 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Intense automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire from a house destroyed an assault vehicle and wounded several men, including the Rangers' commanding officer.

Seeing that the Ranger unit was beginning to lose momentum, Colonel Patton had his command and control helicopter land in the middle of the embattled area and left the ship to rally the Vietnamese soldiers.

Exposing himself to the hostile fire raking the area, he maneuvered them back to a supporting position near the enemy stronghold and directed his troops to more defensible terrain, while personally engaging the communists with his grenade launcher. He then led a charge which destroyed the house and revealed a heavily fortified bunker that had been concealed by the building.

Ordering his men to lay down a base of fire, Colonel Patton crawled through the open terrain until he was at the fortification's entrance and hurled a grenade inside. When the enemy in the extensive and well protected bunker continued to resist, he assaulted a second time with two other men and placed TNT in the emplacement, annihilating the position. Colonel Patton's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
   
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 Unit Assignments
United States Command, Berlin (USCOB)140th Tank BattalionMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACV1st Battalion, 81st Armor (Cadre)
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment1st (Tiger) Brigade, 2nd Armored DivisionArmy GarrisonsArmy Garrison, Fort Hood, TX
HQ, 7th Army
  1948-1952, United States Command, Berlin (USCOB)
  1953-1953, A Company, 140th Tank Battalion
  1962-1963, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV)
  1966-1967, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor (Cadre)
  1968-1969, HHT, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
  1970-1971, 1st (Tiger) Brigade, 2nd Armored Division
  1972-1974, Army Garrison, Fort Knox, KY
  1974-1975, Army Garrison, Fort Hood, TX
  1976-1980, HQ, 7th Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1942-1946, United States Military Academy
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