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Collection George S. Patton Papers: Diaries, 1910 to 1945

Timeline

A chronology of key events in the life and career of General George S. Patton (1885-1945), army officer and author.

George S. Patton (1885-1945)

  1. 1885, Nov. 11

    Born, San Gabriel, Calif.
  2. 1903-1904

    Attended Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va.
  3. 1909

    Graduated, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

    Assigned to Fifteenth United States Cavalry, Fort Sheridan, Ill., and Fort Myer, Va.
  4. 1910

    Married Beatrice Banning Ayer
  5. 1912

    Member, American team, XII Olympiad, Stockholm, Sweden, finishing fifth in modern pentathlon
  6. 1912-1913

    Attended French cavalry school, Saumur, France
  7. 1913

    Graduated, United States Cavalry School, Fort Riley, Kans.
  8. 1913-1915

    Instructor in weapons, United States Cavalry School, Fort Riley, Kans.
  9. 1915-1916

    Assigned to Eighth United States Cavalry, Fort Bliss, Tex.
  10. 1916-1917

    Aide-de-camp to General John J. Pershing, Mexican Punitive Expedition
  11. 1917

    Aide-de-camp to General John J. Pershing, Commander-in-Chief, American Expeditionary Forces

    Commanded Headquarters Troop, American Expeditionary Forces
  12. 1917-1918

    Detailed as first member of American Tank Corps and attended French Tank School, Camplieu, France

    Organized American Tank School, Langres, France
  13. 1918

    Promoted to temporary rank of lieutenant colonel
  14. 1918-1921

    Commander, 304th Tank Brigade
  15. 1919-1921

    Invented a coaxial gun mount
  16. 1921-1922

    Commander, First Squadron, Third United States Cavalry, Fort Myer, Va.
  17. 1923-1928

    United States Army General Staff, Boston, Mass., 1923-1924; Hawaii, 1924-1928
  18. 1928-1931

    Served in Office of the Chief of Cavalry, United States Army
  19. 1932

    Graduated, United States Army War College
  20. 1932-1935

    Executive officer, Third United States Cavalry, Fort Myer, Va.
  21. 1934

    Promoted to lieutenant colonel
  22. 1935-1937

    G-2, United States Army General Staff, Hawaiian Department
  23. 1938

    Promoted to colonel

    Commander, Fifth United States Cavalry, Fort Clark, Tex.
  24. 1938-1940

    Commander, Third United States Cavalry, Fort Myer, Va.
  25. 1940

    Promoted to brigadier general
  26. 1940-1941

    Commander, Second Armored Brigade, Second Armored Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
  27. 1941

    Promoted to major general
  28. 1941-1942

    Commander, Second Armored Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
  29. 1942

    Commander, I Armored Corps, First and Second Armored Divisions
  30. 1942-1943

    Commanded Western Task Force during Allied landings and subsequent campaign in North Africa

    Transferred to command of United States II Corps
  31. 1943

    Promoted to lieutenant general

    Relinquished command of II Corps to Omar Nelson Bradley

    Resumed command of I Armored Corps in preparation for invasion of Sicily
  32. 1943-1944

    Commanded Seventh United States Army in Sicilian campaign
  33. 1944

    Ordered to England to take command of Third United States Army in preparation for invasion of France
  34. 1944-1945

    Commanded Third United States Army in drive across France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Austria
  35. 1945

    Commander, Fifteenth United States Army
  36. 1945, Dec. 21

    Died, Heidelberg, Germany
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