U.S. Army Leadership: General George S. Patton

Gen. George S. Patton


George Smith Patton, Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was an officer in the United States Army best known for his leadership as a general during World War II. He also developed a reputation for eccentricity and for sometimes-controversial gruff outspokenness.

He was on the U.S. 1912 Olympic pentathlon team and also designed the U.S. Cavalry’s last combat saber: the “Patton Saber” (the M-1913). In 1916 he led the first-ever U.S. motorized-vehicle attack during the Mexican Border Campaign. In World War I, he was the first officer assigned to the new United States Tank Corps and saw action in France.

In World War II, he commanded corps and armies in North Africa, Sicily, and the European Theater of Operations. In 1944, Patton assumed command of the U.S. Third Army, which under his leadership advanced farther, captured more enemy prisoners, and liberated more territory in less time than any other army in history.

In addition to Gen. Patton’s Army resume, he is known for a number of memorable quotes and sayings. One of these sayings was his version of the “10 Commandments.”

Gen. George S. Patton’s 10 Commandments:

Do everything that you ask of those you command.
Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
Do not fear failure.
Do more than is required of you.
Do not take counsel of your fears.
Always go forward.
Take calculated risks.
Give credit where it is due.
Accept full responsibility for the actions of yourself and your men.

What Army “commandment” would you add to this list?

(information pulled from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_S._Patton)