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General George S PATTON Soldier General Pilot Athlete Father Gun Owner Hero Legend UNLIKE many war heroes who had no intention of ever becoming famous George Patton decided during childhood that his goal in life was to be a hero This noble aim was first inspired by listening to his father read aloud for hours about the exploits of the heroes of ancient Greece Homers Iliad and Odyssey were particular favourites of young Georgie who could recite lines from both texts long before he could even lift a sword These classic images were filled out by recent war stories of living soldiers particularly those of John Singleton Ranger Mosby John often visited the Patton house and would entertain Georgie for hours with tales of his Civil War adventures With this steady diet of combat regalia Georgie was convinced that the profession of arms was his calling GENERAL PATTONS PERSONAL SIDE ARMS THE IVORY HANDLED REVOLVERS BECAME HIS TRADEMARK DURING WW2 TOP SMITH WESSON 357 MAGNUM BOTTOM COLT 45 MODEL 1873 Young George didnt want to be just any soldier he had his sights fixed on becoming a combat general He had one major obstacle to overcome however Though he was obviously intelligent his knowledge of classical literature was encyclopaedic and he had learned to read military topographic maps by the age of 7 George didnt learn to read until he was 12 years old It was only at age 12 when George was sent off to Stephen Cutter Clarks Classical School that he began to catch up on his academic skills he managed to find plenty of time for athletics as well While at school the path toward his goal became focused he planned on attending West Point as the next major step in the pursuit of his generals stars When he graduated from high school however there were no appointments open to West Point in his home
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