George S. Patton Jr. (The
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1) George S. Patton, Jr was born in San
Gabriel, California to George Smith Patton Sr. (September 30, 1856 -
June, 1927) and Ruth Wilson. Although he was technically the third George
Smith Patton he was given the name Junior. The Pattons were an affluent
family of Scottish descent. As a boy, Patton read widely in classics and
military history. Patton's father was a friend of a cavalry hero of the
Confederate Army in the U.S. Civil War, serving first under J.E.B. Stuart
and then as a guerrilla fighter.
Who was this friend?
- Harvey Overguard
- George G. Jackson
- John Singleton Mosby
2) George's grandfather died as a
Confederate general during the Civil War.
What battle did he die?
- Battle of Opequon
- Battle of Gettysburg
- Battle of Antietam
3) George graduated from the United States
Military Academy at West Point in 1909. He attended a military academy
before entering West Point.
What was the military academy?
- New Mexico Military Academy
- California Military Academy
- Virginia Military Institute
4) On May 26, 1910, he married the daughter
of a wealthy textile baron.
Who was the daughter?
- Mabel Iris Jennings
- Beatrice Banning Ayer
- Irene Ryan
5) After graduating, he was commissioned an
officer in the U.S. Army cavalry. In 1912, he honored his country by being
a member of what athletic organization.
What was this organization?
- U.S. Congress page
- U.S. Olympic athlete
- U.S. Army football team
6) During the Mexican Expedition of 1916,
Patton was assigned to the 8th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Bliss, Texas. He
accompanied then-Brigadier General John J. Pershing as his aide during the
Punitive Expedition in his pursuit of forces that had crossed into New
Mexico and raided the town of Columbus, looting and killing several
Who was the Mexican leader?
- Pancho Villa
- Kimo Sabe
- Rio Grande
7) George and a group killed two Mexican
leaders, including "General" Julio Cardenas, commander of the
Mexican leader's personal bodyguard. Because George loved wearing the
Colt .45s, Pershing gave George a nickname.
What was George's nickname?
8) During World War I, George was part of
- U.S. Army Air Corps
- U.S. Tank Corps
- U.S. Cavalry Corps
9) During World War I, George was wounded
by machine gun fire and won a Purple Heart.
What was the battle in
September 1918 that George was wounded?
- Battle of Saint-Mihiel
- Battle of the Seine
- Battle of Saint-Marie
10) After the war in 1919, George was
assigned to Washington, DC. He reverted to his Captain's rank.
would meet and become friends with what future Army general?
- James Longstreet
- Herbert Hoover
- Dwight D. Eisenhower