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General Patton and the Breakout

A Message from Our President, Dick Chegar

Major General George S. Patton Dies

Patton: The Modern Olympics and the Birth of the Saber

Honor Roll of Donors

Battle of the Bulge
Seminars at Sea





Editor: Ellen Birkett Morris







L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace!

General Patton and the Breakout
By Martin Blumenson

On D-day, June 6, 1944, when the Allies landed in Normandy, and for a month afterwards, General George S. Patton, Jr. was in England. He watched and agonized from afar as the invading soldiers fought across the beaches into the interior. “I wish I were there now,” he wrote to his son. “I am fed up with just sitting.” To his wife, he said, “I have horrible feelings that the fighting will be over before I get in.” To his diary, he confided, “time drags terribly.”

Although he felt useless, he was fulfilling an important role. The Allied commander most feared by the Germans, he was the mythical head of the fictitious Army Group Patton, part of a complex deception plan named Fortitude. Its purpose was to fool the Germans into believing that Patton was to make the main Channel crossings later in the Pas de Calais area well north of Normandy. The effort was working, for instead of rushing south to join the battle, the German Fifteenth Army sat and awaited Patton.

In the strictest secrecy, General Patton flew to the continent early in July. He was exceptionally happy. But there was nothing for him to do. His Third Army units were being brought across the Channel, and some were attached to augment General Omar N. Bradley’s First Army fighting the Germans.

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The allies land in Normandy on D-day, June 6, 1944.

Things had not gone well. The beachhead the Allies occupied was one-fifth the size of what had been projected, and the area was crammed and congested with a million men, 500,000 tons of supplies, and 150,000 vehicles. General Sir Bernard L. Montgomery, the commander of Allied ground forces, had said that he would capture the city of Caen, six miles inland, on D-day, but this road center and small port remained in German hands for thirty-two days. Montgomery’s aim throughout July was to get his British and Canadian forces on the plain south of Caen and moving to Falaise, sixteen miles away. The land was excellent for building airfields and waging armored warfare. It was also the shortest route to Paris.

In the Cotentin, a region south of Cherbourg, General Bradley started what would become known as the Battle of Hedgerows, a painfully slow advance in ground perfectly suited for defense. After gaining seven miles in two weeks at a cost of 40,000 casualties, Bradley decided that a new approach was necessary.

Imitating Montgomery’s use of air bombardment to open a hole in the German defenses – it gave Montgomery half of Caen – Bradley planned such an attack to gain Coutances, a town twenty miles ahead. After bombers blasted an opening, ground forces were to plunge through. Named Cobra, the operation was bold. Starting on July 25, it succeeded. So well did Cobra go that on the third day, July 27, Bradley changed the whole scheme of things. He had achieved a breakthrough of the German defenses. Now it was necessary to maintain the momentum, to exploit the penetration.

Simultaneously, a new and important objective came into view: the city of Avranches. Thirty miles south of Coutances, it gave entrance to operations of a larger scope.

At Avranches, a new command structure would go into effect. Bradley would move up to command the 12th Army Group. General Courtney Hodges would take his place and Patton’s Third Army would open for business. Assuming control of the VIII Corps, Patton, in accordance with pre-invasion planning, would send the corps, then the rest of his Third Army to the right and westward to overrun and conquer Brittany. To facilitate these coming changes, on July 27 Bradley asked Patton to look informally after the VIII Corps.

Anxious, eager and impatient to reach Avranches and get his Third Army into the battle, Patton immediately ordered the VIII Corps to spearhead its attack with two armored divisions driving abreast. The German left flank had almost vanished, and Patton was about to crush what remained of it. He was not about to let the Germans recuperate and re-establish their defenses. Speed was required, and Patton was the right man in the right place to keep the pressure on.

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U.S. soldiers move forward to expand D-day beachhead in France.

Four days later, his troops had entered and taken Avranches. To his wife, he wrote, “Things are really moving…and so am I at long last.” Patton had turned Bradley’s breakthrough into a local breakout. The slow and static warfare of position in June and most of July had become an exhilarating war of movement. Patton would keep up the pace.

At Avranches on August 1, Patton’s Third Army headquarters opened and became operational. The VIII Corps entered Brittany at a gallop. The total collapse of the German left flank convinced General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander, to commit the rest of the Third Army eastward with the First Army toward Paris. On the heels of the VIII, the XV Corps came through Avranches and swung to the southeast, then eastward. Sprinting seventy-five miles through Laval to LeMans in a week, the XV Corps moved around the German left. “I am quite tickled,” Patton informed his wife.

The Germans launched their Mortain counterattack on August 4 in order to re-establish a left flank. They failed to do so. Furthermore, by striking to the west, the Germans stuck their necks into a potential noose. They gave the Allies the opportunity to encircle them in Normandy.

With Eisenhower, Montgomery and Bradley in accord, Patton turned the XV Corps to the north and headed for Argentan. If the Canadians, attacking south from Caen reached Falaise, fifteen miles north of Argentan, the Allies could envision surrounding the enemy.

With the XV Corps at the gates of Argentan, Bradley halted further advance to the north, preferring, he said, “a solid shoulder” rather than a “broken neck.” Through the fifteen-mile gap between Argentan and Falaise, the Germans began to stream in escape.

Denied permission to close the Falaise pocket, Patton persuaded Bradley to let him drive eastward to the Seine River. He attained this objective, and on the night of August 19, his men were the first to cross it. By that action, Patton made it impossible for the Germans to use the Seine River as a new defensive line. By now, all the Germans in Normandy were fleeing. Patton’s XX and XII Corps joined in the pursuit. The situation was so fluid that Eisenhower, despite the pre-invasion plan to halt at the Seine, let the Allied forces continue their forward progress. The Allies crossed the Seine River, took Paris, and sped through northern and eastern France.

To his son, Patton wrote, “We are really having a swell time.” To his wife, “Really I am amazed at the amount of ground the Third Army has taken, and it is chiefly due to me alone.”

And suddenly, at the height of the excitement, as the war seemed to be coming to a close, at the end of August, there was no gasoline for the combat units. The logistical system, prepared to nourish troops proceeding gradually toward Germany, was unable to keep up with the accelerated course. Three months after D-day, the pursuit came to a stop. The Allies had to wait for the supplies to catch up. In his diary, Patton wrote, “It is horrible to halt.”

By displaying an audacity that looked like recklessness, Patton had roared across France. He exploited Bradley’s local breakthrough into a breakout, then transformed the breakout into a theater-wide pursuit. Leading the movement, he propelled the Allies far beyond what the planners had expected. He had accomplished this in a single month.

As though this were not enough, a unique situation had developed, a circumstance rarely if ever seen. Patton directed two major attacks going in opposite directions, one westward through Brittany to Brest, and the other eastward toward Germany to the Meuse River. The advance units of both endeavors at the beginning of September were 500 miles apart. Truly a phenomenal feat.

Patton Age 10

About the Author

Martin Blumenson is a distinguished military historian, editor of The Patton Papers, and author of Patton: The Man behind the Legend, 1885-1945 and numerous other books on World War II. Blumenson served under General George S. Patton, Jr. in the Third Army Headquarters during World War II and later served as historian in the U.S. Army's Office of the Chief of Military History. As a soldier, he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

He went on to become an expert on military history, teaching at institutions including The Citadel, Naval War College and George Washington University and contributing to publications including Yale Review, American Historical Review, and Journal of American History.

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President’s Message

On behalf of the Trustees of The Patton Museum Foundation, we extend our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Joanne H. Patton and the Patton family over the loss of Major General George Smith Patton. General Patton was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on August 27th. In attendance with the family were many of the nation’s legendary soldiers who had served with General Patton in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and 2nd Armored Division. An edition of next year’s Patton Saber will examine this warrior’s life in depth.

Sixty years ago, Cadet Patton was chaffing at his inability to participate in the war while his father was leading Third Army’s historic breakout from Normandy. August of 1944 is arguably the most important month in the history of the United States Army. The distinguished military historian, Martin Blumenson was a witness to and participant in that historic campaign.

The Foundation is most honored to welcome Mr. Blumenson to the pages of The Patton Saber. Entrusted by the Patton family with access to General Patton’s papers, letters and diaries, his two-volume work, The Patton Papers, remains a primary source of scholarship on General George S. Patton, Jr. Still a prolific writer, I hope that you enjoy his unique perspective on General Patton’s dramatic breakout from Normandy sixty years ago.

I am pleased to report several developments in the Foundation’s business. Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky was instrumental in obtaining a significant grant for the Foundation in the 2005 Federal budget that will be used for architectural and exhibit planning for the new museum. With his extensive real estate development experience, the Foundation is most fortunate to have Trustee, John Avlon guiding that planning effort. While the 2004 Annual Fund Drive continues, I am pleased to announce that it has already more than doubled the contributions received in 2003. Thanks to each of you for your participation and support of the Patton Museum and our efforts to significantly improve its presence.

On September 10th, Trustee, Ambassador Peter Terpeluk, Jr. formally dedicated The Patton Atrium in the U. S. Embassy residence in Luxembourg. The Patton Museum’s copy of the Czedekowki portrait of General George S. Patton, Jr. was shipped to Luxembourg for this and other events surrounding sixtieth anniversary activities. An authentic copy of an M1913 Patton Saber was donated by another Trustee for display in the new Patton Atrium, an initiative of Ambassador Terpeluk.

Finally, there was a wonderful family story in the remarks by Foundation Trustee, James Totten, nephew of Major General Patton, at his funeral. He recalled the faithfulness of his grandfather while attending chapel services at Fort Meyer in the late 1930’s while in command of the 3rd United States Cavalry. Believing that no soul could be saved after ten minutes, Colonel Patton kept a small bell in his pew as a reminder for the chaplain to complete his sermon. Jamie was certain that there were surely two old cavalrymen named Patton at this Fort Meyer service wishing that he would “Shut the Hell up!

L’ Audace!


Dick Chegar


Patton Age 10
Dick Chegar, president and CEO of the Patton Museum Foundation, presents Charles Hall, president of General Dynamics Land Systems, with a portrait of General George S. Patton, Jr. in recognition of the firm’s generous support of the Patton Museum. While in Michigan, Chegar met with the firm’s past president, Dr. George Psihas, a member of the Patton Museum’s advisory board.

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Major General George S. Patton Dies

Major General George S. Patton, US Army, Retired, son of the late General George S. Patton, Jr. and Beatrice Ayer Patton, died on Sunday, June 27, at his home in Hamilton, MA after a long illness. He was 81.

Patton retired from the military in 1980, after 34 years of service. Patton continued the family’s rich military heritage, which included a great-grandfather who was a Confederate soldier, and carried on the legacy of his legendary father, General George S. Patton, Jr., who led U.S. troops in Africa and Europe during World War II.

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Funeral procession at Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo courtesy of George P. Psihas)

He was a graduate of West Point and saw combat in Korea and Vietnam. During his tenure in the army, Patton served as Deputy Commanding General at Fort Knox. As a Colonel, he later commanded the 11th Armored Cavalry “Blackhorse” Regiment in Vietnam. He took command of the Second Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas as a Major General in the mid-1970s, the same division his father led earlier in North Africa. He distinguished himself on the battlefield. Patton was awarded a Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, the Distinguished Service Medal, and was twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest decoration for bravery in combat.

He was a student of the military affairs earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and graduating from the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University.

Patton was an avid sailor, fisherman and hunter. He served on many civic boards including the West Point Fund Committee and the Hamilton Historical Society. He was a strong supporter of and generous contributor to the Patton Museum of Calvary and Armor located at Fort Knox. After his retirement, General Patton ran Green Meadows Farm, which sells fruit and firewood.

Patton Age 10

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Joanne Holbrook; sons George S. Patton Jr. of Bethlehem, Connecticut, Robert H. Patton of Darien, Connecticut, and Benjamin Wilson Patton of New York; and daughters Mother Margaret Patton, OSB, a nun in Bethlehem, Connecticut, and Helen Plusczyk of Saarbrücken, Germany. He also leaves six grandchildren and a great-grandson.

He will forever be remembered as a great soldier, patriot and family man. Look for our remembrance of the life and career of Major General George S. Patton in a future edition of The Saber.

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Patton: The Modern Olympics and the Birth of the Saber

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Patton competing in the 1912 Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden.

“Each man did his best and took what fortune sent like a true soldier, and at the end we all felt more like good friends and comrades than rivals…yet this spirit of friendship in no manner detracted from the zeal with which all strove for success.”
–Patton on competing in the 1912 Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Just 26 years old and serving as a second lieutenant, George S. Patton Jr. arrived in Stockholm as the first U.S. Army officer to represent the United States in the Modern Pentathlon. During these Olympic games, soldier-athletes would compete in swimming, pistol shooting, running, fencing and steeplechase events. Patton distinguished himself by defeating the French world champion. Little did he know that he would become closely associated with the weapon that he wielded so well.

After the Olympics, Patton was sent for training to the French Cavalry School at Saumur. After he completed his training, First Lieutenant Patton became an instructor in saber at the Cavalry School at Fort Riley KS., earning the title “Master of the Sword.” It was then he redesigned the Cavalry Saber which had been in use since 1861 and developed the Model 1913, the last saber issued to and used by the U.S. Cavalry.

Based on a French design, the new saber had a straight, double edged blade instead of a curved, single edged blade and a fuller, solid sheet metal guard. It would forever be known as the Patton Saber and would become a symbol for the strength and courage of the armored force.

Charles Lemons, Curator for the Patton Museum, also contributed to this article.

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Honor Roll of Donors

The Patton Museum Foundation wishes to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of donors who have contributed to the Foundation from September 1, 2006 to the present.

Saber Society Gold
  • 2nd Arm’d Div. Ass. (In memory of MG George S. Patton)
  • Mr. & Mrs. John J. Avlon
  • Mr. & Mrs. Randy Ayer
  • Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Borntraeger
  • Mr. & Mrs. Peter Britton
  • Mrs. W. L. L. Brown
  • MG(R) & Mrs. Richard D. Chegar
  • Mr. Amos S. Choi (In memory of MG George S. Patton)
  • Fort Knox Federal Credit Union
  • General Dynamics Land Systems
  • General Electric Company
  • Mr. Frederick W. Guardabassi
  • MG(R) & Mrs. George H. Harmeyer
  • Dr. John J. Harris, M.D.P.C.
  • MG(R) Robert Q. Jones
  • LTC(R) & Mrs. Robert W. Keats
  • Lincoln Heritage Council, BSA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jacques M. Littlefield
  • Gen(R) Barry R. McCaffrey
  • Mr. Tim McMillen
  • Mr. Donald P. Moriarty III
  • National Defense Industrial Assn.
  • Mrs. George S. Patton
  • Gen(R) Robert W. RisCassi
  • Martin F. Schmidt & Kate Schmidt Moninger
  • MG(R) & Mrs. Elmer L. Stephens
  • Mr. & Mrs. James P. Totten
  • Mr. & Mrs. George P. Waters
  • Mr. John K. Waters, Jr.
  • Betsy Gibson Yarborough & W. Glenn Yarborough
Saber Society Silver
  • 760th Tank BN
  • Best Western Gold Vault Inn, Inc
  • Mr. Edward E. Birthright
  • Corgi USA
  • Ms. Ruth Ayer Dougher
  • COL(R) Dennis Fanning
  • LTG(R) James F. Hollingsworth
  • Mrs. Annette B. Peter
  • Mr. R. A. Schmidt
  • Mr. John A. Whitehill
  • COL(R) & Mrs. Don W. Williams
Saber Society Bronze
  • 1st BN 72d Armor
  • 2nd BN 34th Armor-Vietnam
  • 2d BN 72d Armor
  • 707th Tank BN Assn.
  • 717th Tank BN
  • 72d Tank Battalion
  • 841st Ordnance Depot Company
  • Dr. Edward Alexander
  • Mr. Judd H. Alexander
  • American Legion Post 113
  • Mr. John S. Andrus
  • Mr. Theodore C. Anthony, Sr.
  • COL(R) & Mrs. Donald E. Appler
  • Mr. Ralph R. Arndt
  • LTC William G. Attix
  • LTG Robert J. Baer USA, Ret
  • Mr. Philipp G. Bagetis
  • LTG(R) John L. Ballantyne III
  • Rep. Eddie Ballard
  • Mr. Robert E. Bard
  • Mr. R. M. Baril
  • MG(R) Charles D. Barrett
  • BG(R) Hugh J. Bartley
  • William D. & Alice M. Bartley
  • LTC Joseph C. Barto, Jr.
  • John G. Batsakis, M.D.
  • MG(R) Edward Bautz, Jr.
  • CSM(R) John F. Bednarczyk
  • Judge Harry L. Berry, LTC(R)
  • Mr. Martin L. Blumenson
  • Mr. Wayne E. Bock
  • Mrs. Karie Bogucki
  • Mr. Leonard H. Bornemann
  • MG(R) Jack O. Bradshaw
  • Mr. Frederick C. Brems
  • LTG(R) Charles W. Brown
  • LTG(R) Frederick J. Brown III
  • Ms. Nancy L. Brown
  • Ms. Susan Brown
  • COL Thaddeus Buczko
  • BG(R) John C. Burney
  • Mrs. Mildred Buster
  • Mr. David L. Callais
  • Mr. William T. Camm
  • LTC(R) & Mrs. John A. Campbell
  • BG(R) James L. Carroll
  • Ms. Mary M. Carter
  • Mr. David Caudill
  • Mr. John T. Clark
  • MG(R) Thomas F. Cole
  • COL (R) Eugene D. Colgan
  • Mr. David L. Combs
  • Commander of 48th SIB
  • LTC(R) Frank B. Conway
  • Mr. Thomas A. Cook
  • MG(R) Andrew L. Cooley
  • Mr. Bob Cooper
  • Dr. Hugh Cort III
  • Mr. William B. Coulter
  • Crusaders 72d Tank/72d Armor
  • Mr. Curtis Cundiff CSM(R)
  • COL(R) Alexander Dankin
  • Mrs. Martha G. Davis
  • MG(R) Richard E. Davis
  • Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence J. Dedeo
  • Mr. Timothy M. Demers
  • Ms. Anna P. Denman
  • Mr. Lorenz F. Doring
  • Mr. Johnnie R. Downs
  • Mrs. Betsy H. Dryer
  • LTG(R) Samuel E. Ebbesen
  • COL(R) George W. England, Jr.
  • Mr. Charles B. Ewing, Jr.
  • MG(R) John C. Faith
  • Mr. George Fancsovits
  • Mr. & Mrs. William Ferguson
  • First Federal Savings Bank
  • Mr. Edward W. Fitzgerald, Jr.
  • Mr. Steven L. Fixler
  • Mr. David Mattson G. Flowers,
  • Ms. Eileen L. Foster
  • Mr. Geraldine Froman
  • Ms. Clara E. Frye
  • COL Ralph O. Fullerton
  • Mr. John A. Gardner, Jr.
  • Mr. Bernard J. Giangiulio
  • Mr. Dane Goin
  • Mr. Harvey G. Goodman
  • Mr. Jamie Graham
  • Mr. James Green, Jr.
  • Mr. Fred Gribbell
  • Mr. Ronald K. Grimes
  • Mr. Michael H. Grimm
  • Haddad’s Auto Service, Inc.
  • Mr. Everitt F. Hardin
  • Mr. James G. Harris
  • LTG(R) William H. Harrison
  • Mr. Donald W. Haskins, Jr.
  • Mr. Robert E. Head
  • MG(R) Joseph A. Healey
  • Mr. Irving M. Heath
  • Mr. Jose L. Hernandez
  • LTG(R) Jerome B. Hilmes
  • Dr. George F. Hofmann
  • Mr. Karl F. Hollenbach
  • Mr. Brad House
  • Mr. Willard F. Howard
  • Mr. Walter D. Huddleston
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Hurley
  • Mr. Harry W. James
  • Robert & Doris Johnson
  • Ms. Margo F. Kampe
  • Mr. James C. Kendig
  • Mr. Vance Kidwell
  • Ms. Laura L. Kille
  • SFC Harold W. Kinamon, Jr.
  • LTC Omer L. King, Jr.
  • Mrs. Jane Klotz
  • Mr. Charles G. Kobert
  • Mr. Norman Kuhns
  • CSM(R) Arno C. Land
  • Mr. Howard D. Laudert
  • 1st Sgt.(R) Herrel B. Lewis
  • Mr. Henry “Hank” Liendecker
  • Little Big Horn Assn., Louisville
  • Mr. Ronald J. Lock
  • Mrs. Diane E. Logsdon
  • MG(R) & Mrs. Thomas P. Lynch
  • Little Big Horn Assn., Louisville
  • Mr. Ronald J. Lock
  • Mrs. Diane E. Logsdon
  • MG(R) & Mrs. Thomas P. Lynch
  • Mr. Marcel “Mishie” Mathevet
  • Rev. Dr. K. Fredrick Mauger
  • Mr. Harry W. McClellan
  • Mr. Theodore W. McComsey
  • Mr. Patrick J. McEnroe
  • Mr. Lige F. McLain
  • MAJ Stephen H. McLean
  • Mr. Melvin M. Miller
  • Mrs. Helen Mills
  • Ms. Karen R. Milner
  • BG(R) James H. Molloy
  • Mr. Richard Montgomery
  • Mr. Benjamin B. Morrill
  • MG(R) Francis J. Murdoch,Jr.
  • Mr. William D. Murphy
  • Mr. Timothy H. Napier
  • Mr. Jack W. Nielsen
  • Spec 5 Ricky Nix
  • LTG(R) Dave R. Palmer
  • MSG(R) Robert L. Pangle
  • LTC(R) Demetri Paris
  • Mr. Robert Parkerson, Jr.
  • Ms. Ann I. Parks
  • Mr. Thomas W. Patton
  • Peduzzi Associated, LTD
  • Mr. Alan Persinger
  • Ms. Yolanda Pszotka
  • Mr. Craig H. Raddatz
  • MG(R) Lloyd B. Ramsey
  • Mr. Ernest J. Raymond
  • BG(R) Patrick E. Rea
  • Mr. Fraisur A. Reesor
  • COL(R) Elmer J. Reis
  • Mr. Alvin E. Rinehart
  • Mr. Bernard C. Rivers, Jr.
  • Mr. Beverly Robbins
  • Mr. Arthur J. Rodgers, Jr.
  • Ms. Jennifer J. Rommel
  • Mr. John C. Rose, Jr.
  • COL Willis S. Rosing
  • SGM Jon T. Rymer
  • Gen(R) Leon E. Salomon
  • Mr. Ervin J. Sartell, Jr.
  • Mrs. Mabel Savino
  • Mrs. Joyce C. Scherrer
  • Mr. Steve Schmidt
  • Mr. William P. Schmitz
  • Mr. John Schwalbach
  • Ms. Maxine Seibel
  • Mr. Harry H. Semmes, Jr.
  • Mr. Gene Sergeant
  • Mr. Jack E. Seymour
  • Mr. Alfred H. Shehab, LTC
  • Simpal Pup Tent 9, MOC
  • Mr. Dow R. Smith
  • Mr. Brian M. Sobel
  • Mr. Joseph C. Solarz
  • Dr. Lewis Sorley
  • Mr. Carl R. Spence
  • Mr. Robert S. Stansbury
  • Ms. Janice M. Stoehr
  • Mr. Earl R. Stonefield
  • BG(R) Louis L. Stuart,Jr.
  • Mr. Blake Sugarberg
  • Mr. Bill Tallen
  • MG(R) James B. Taylor
  • Mr. & Mrs. Walter Thomas
  • Ms. Elsie G. Thompson
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ronald J. Thompson
  • CW4(R) Guy L. Tirk
  • Ms. Marlene Troxle
  • Mr. Howard W. Vanatta
  • Mr. Jack I. VanKeuren
  • Mr. Roy E. Vanvactor
  • Mr. Jared Warner, Sr.
  • Mrs. Caroline M. Watz
  • Mrs. Elizabeth B. Welborn
  • West Point Society of New England
  • CSM Gary J. White
  • Mr. James M. Wiglesworth
  • Mrs. Elizabeth B. Welborn
  • West Point Society of New England
  • CSM Gary J. White
  • Mr. James M. Wiglesworth
  • Mrs. Guelda Wooldridge
  • LTG(R) & Mrs. John J. Yeosock
  • Dr. Raymond J. Young
  • Kenneth E. Zichal, M.D.
Patrons
  • Mr. Harold T. Ahrendt
  • Mr. Joseph A. Albarelli, Sr.
  • Mr. Alton R. Allman
  • Mr. Joseph R. Altier
  • BG & Mrs. John L. Anderson
  • Mr. Alvin Armstrong
  • Mr. Gabriel T. Arnold
  • COL George Artman
  • Ms. Linda C. Ashendorf
  • Ms. Shirley B. Ashton
  • Ms. Betty Baldwin
  • Mr. Bill J. Barker
  • Ms. Leda L. Barnes
  • Mr. Edward W. Bealko
  • Bobie J. Bilz
  • LTC Crystal S. Blackdeer
  • Mr. William J. Bock
  • BG(R) James W. Boddie, Jr.
  • Mr. Floyd E. Bollinger
  • Mr. Wayne Boudreaux, Jr.
  • BG(R) Darden J. Bourne
  • MG(R) J. Ronald Bowman
  • MG(R) Morris J. Brady
  • Mr. Dana L. Brown
  • COL(R) Thomas Bruce, Jr.
  • COL Clark A. Burnett
  • Mr. John J. Burns
  • Mr. Robert T. Burns
  • Mr. John A. Cain
  • Mr. Newton Carver
  • Mr. John K. Chatlain
  • LTC James Chekos
  • Mr. Douglas E. Clanin Editor
  • Mr. Robert F. Clark
  • Mr. Robert C. Clear
  • Mr. Robert F. Cleverdon
  • ISG(R) Steven H. Cohn
  • Mr. Ben S. Cole
  • Mrs. Ruth Cole
  • MG(R) Thomas F. Cole
  • Mr. Merritt M. Corbin
  • Mr. David Corvino
  • Mr. Philip A. Costello
  • Mr. Marvin S. Cox
  • Dr. John W. Cranston
  • Mr. Hillman C. Crowell
  • Mr. Clay J. Curtin
  • Mr. John C. Curzio II
  • LTC Henry F. Dailey
  • Mr. James O. Davis
  • Mr. Douglas DeCamella
  • Mr. Jack A. Del Monte
  • Mrs. Jackie Desobry
  • Mr. Patrick J. Doherty
  • Mr. Edward S. Dolovy
  • Mr. James E. Durham
  • Mr. Herman O. Edwards
  • Mr. Kenneth E. Emberton II
  • Mr. Orval G. Enbody
  • Ms. Evelyn M. Eubank
  • Mr. Garry Evans
  • BG(R) Richard Evans
  • Mr. William W. Everling
  • Mr. Raymond H. Fahle
  • LTC(R) & Mrs. W. P. Ferguson
  • Mr. Robert J. Ferraro
  • SGM(R) Charles E. Fetters
  • Mr. Peter J. Finan
  • Mr. Richard S. Finch
  • Mr. David R. Finnell
  • Mr. Melvern K. Finzer
  • Fisher Business Group
  • Mr. Ralph C. Flechsig
  • Mr. Douglas Foster
  • MG(R) James E. Freeze
  • Mr. Herman A. Fullriede
  • Mr. Erasmo B. Garcia
  • Mr. Richard D. Gardner
  • Dr. William J. Garner
  • Mr. C. C. Garrison
  • Mr. Mark A. Geeslin
  • Mr. Larry A. Gillis
  • Mr. Tim Gipprich
  • Mr. Donald E. Goetz
  • Mr. Perry Goldstein
  • S/Sgt Walter G. Gosart
  • Green Brook Memorial VFW
  • Mr. Euan K. Greene
  • Mr. Robert L. Guillet, Sr.
  • LTC(R) Robert H. Haley
  • GEN(R) & Mrs. Elmer Hallen
  • MG(R) Hal E. Hallgren (In memory of MG George S. Patton)
  • Mr. Wilbur M. Halvorsen
  • Mr. Orie L. Hamm
  • Mr. Everitt F. Hardin
  • Mr. Henry A. Harding
  • Mr. Eugene Harris
  • Mr. John Hartwig
  • SGM(R) Francis W. Healey
  • BG(R) Jack W. Hemingway
  • Mr. Edward J. Holmes
  • Ms. Norma Holton
  • Mrs. Jean S. Iba
  • Mr. Robert R. Jacobs
  • MAJ(R) Peter B. Johnson, Sr.
  • Mr. R. Harold Johnson
  • Mr. Gregory Kaminski
  • Mr. Gary K. Kempf
  • Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Kercheval
  • Mr. Calvin K. Kesterson
  • Mr. James W. Keyser
  • Mr. Andrew N. Kiddey
  • Mr. Harold H. Kiehne
  • Mr. Roland G. Klaus
  • COL(R) Robert H. Kreutzer
  • Mr. Stanley J. Krick
  • Mr. Edward Krusheski
  • Mr. Louis R. Kubilis
  • LTC(R) Robert M. Lally
  • Mr. Carl F. Laube
  • BG James H. Leach, DSC
  • BG(R) James M. Leslie
  • Rick & Barb Lewis
  • LTC(R) Royal C. Lewis
  • Mr. Richard L. Linder
  • Mr. Robert L. Liston
  • Mr. Ray Lodin
  • Mr. Harvey H. Love
  • Ms. Rebecca Lunsford
  • MG(R) James M. Lyle
  • Ms. June Mack
  • Mr. Duane R. Mahlen
  • Mr. Joe Maloney
  • Mr. Arthur Marc
  • Mr. John H. Marshall, Jr.
  • Mr. Thomas F. Mayer
  • Mr. James W. McDonald
  • Mr. Thomas B. McGuire
  • Mr. David T. McKay
  • Mr. James J. McKay
  • Mr. Lynford L. McKirdy
  • Mr. William J. Memmer
  • Mr. Donald J. Messersmith
  • Mr. Herman W. Meyer
  • Mr. Randall J. Milhan
  • Dr. Jack W. Miller
  • Mr. Gary Million
  • Mr. Jon D. Mills
  • Mr. Paul E. Monaghan, Jr.
  • Mr. Roger L. Montminy
  • Mr. Ken Morrow
  • Mr. Clarke Mullins
  • Mr. Wilfred L. Murray, Jr.
  • Mr. James P. Nesdill
  • Mr. Irving Odgers
  • BG(R) Joseph P. O’Leary
  • COL(R) Eric A. Orsini
  • Mr. Steven L. Ossad
  • Mr. Michael E. Pakalik
  • Joseph & Edna Parr
  • Ms. Patricia A. Parr
  • LTC Karl L. Pauzar AUS(ret.)
  • Mr. William R. Pearson
  • Mr. George M. Pease
  • Mr. Robert J. Pepi
  • Mr. John E. Plamp, Jr.
  • Mr. Emil F. Platske
  • BG(R) Richard W. Potter, Jr.
  • Mr. Robert C. Pryor
  • LTC(R) Chas H. Purdum, Jr.
  • Mr. George D. Quinn
  • Mr. Albert F. Raffaelli
  • Mr. David Raines
  • Mr. Rolland P. Randell
  • COL Lawrence Ransom
  • Mr. Richard D. Reed
  • Mr. Daniel H. Reigle
  • MAJ Joseph H. Reus
  • Mr. Peter Richenburg
  • Mr. Harry H. Riddle
  • Riebel-Roque Incorporated
  • Mr. Alfred H. Roberts, Jr.
  • Mr. James C. Rominger
  • Mr. Mike Savino
  • COL(R) Robert B. Schatz
  • Ms. Linda S. Schleicher
  • Severns Valley Associations
  • Mr. James E. Shipe
  • Ms. Donna J. Sieracki
  • BG(R) Elmer O. Simonson
  • Mr. John F. Slapar
  • Mr. Robert H. Small
  • COL (R) William R. Sowers, Jr.
  • LTG(R) J. B. Spencer
  • Mr. Fred C. Stadelmeier
  • MG(R) Laddie L. Stahl
  • Mr. Carl B. Stankovic
  • Mr. Billy O. Steele
  • Mr. Francis E. Stein
  • Mr. Charles L. Stewart
  • Mr. Carl B. Stankovic
  • Mr. Billy O. Steele
  • Mr. Francis E. Stein
  • Mr. Charles L. Stewart
  • Mrs. William C. Swint
  • Mr. Ronald W. Szudy
  • Mr. Fred T. Thrasher
  • LTC Donald W. Torcaso
  • Mr. Randall O. Trent
  • Mr. Toby T. Tsuma
  • Mr. Angelo Turturici
  • Mr. Joseph P. Vetrini
  • Mr. Joseph T. Viravec
  • Mr. Ian Wallace
  • Mr. William L. Warrick
  • Mr. Herbert B. Waters
  • LTC James M. Weaver
  • MG(R) William L. Webb, Jr.
  • BG(R) Robert H. Wedinger
  • Mr. Edward P. Wells
  • Mr. James R. White
  • Dr. Robert G. Whittemore
  • Mr. Louis T. Wilcoxson
  • Mr. Joseph D. Williams
  • Mr. John T. Wood
  • MG(R) Stephen R. Woods, Jr.
  • Ms. Rachel H. Woodum
  • Mr. Dennis C. Wright
  • Mr. Raymond L. Wright
  • Mr. Stephen A. Wydrzynski
  • Mrs. Perry E. Zaback
  • Mr. Gene R. Zalabski

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World War II Seminars at Sea Offers an Optional Battle of the Bulge Tour

As military history buffs know, taking your interest from the armchair to the battlefield vastly improves your knowledge and expertise. For veterans and history buffs interested in World War II, VanGuard Tours and Cruises of Alexandria, Virginia offers a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge through the World War II Seminars at Sea cruise held on May 16th through the 28th, 2005.

The 13-day/12-night package includes a customized tour of London (including visits to Windsor Castle, Churchill's Underground Cabinet War Rooms, and the American Military Cemetery at Madingley) and a 7-day/6-night transatlantic crossing on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.

Onboard lectures will be provided by Jamie Totten, General Patton's grandson and Peter Stanford, President Emeritus of the National Maritime Historical Society. Topics include “Roosevelt & Churchill: A Transatlantic Friendship That Changed The World,” “Evolution of Armored Warfare,” “The Role of the Air Force in WWII,” and “Beatrice Ayer Patton, the woman behind the man.”

As a special added attraction, VanGuard is offering an optional four-day “Battle of the Bulge” tour led by Jamie Totten. Participants will visit Paris, Bastogne, Luxembourg, Verdun, and Reims while Totten shares Patton anecdotes and his observations on the battlefields where Patton led. This tour is offered for only $1,175 per person, double occupancy.

For More Information Visit: www.cruisevanguard.com or call 1-800-624-7718. Be sure to mention the Patton Museum when you call.

Join the Patton family on a historical adventure that promises enlightenment and enjoyment for all!

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