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Nov 11: Happy Birthday, General George S Patton

Happy Birthday to the famed US General, George S. Patton!

Known as "Bandito", "Old Blood and Guts", and simply "The Old Man", George S. Patton was one of the most successful and notable commanders of WWII. His incredible drive and lust for battle he told troops as they stormed Normandy, "Keep on advancing… whether we go over, under, or through the enemy." He was known for colorful language and motivating fighting men when they needed it most. He said, "Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."

Enjoy this 1945 broadcast of These Are Our Men about "Old Blood and Guts"


  1. Happy Birthday General George S. Patton

    His men called him ‘Old Blood and Guts’
    And many got kicked in the butts
    But they learned how to fight
    Overcoming their fright
    And the fact that they thought he was nuts

    George S. Patton was born on this day
    In a town very close to L.A.
    Where the weather was sunny
    His family had money
    And lots of political sway

    Growing up he was eerily drawn
    To warriors like Caesar and Khan
    Who led soldiers to war
    Both at home and offshore
    Long before they invented the bomb

    Patton’s training was militaristic
    And he often would wax jingoistic
    When he rallied his troops
    To be jumping through hoops
    For a cause that he deemed altruistic

    In the army he rose up the ranks
    Fighting battles with bullets and tanks
    In the Second World War
    He won medals galore
    Causing Hitler to tremble with angst

    In his time he was often offensive
    But also remarkably pensive
    He shot from the hip
    And cracked many a whip
    As his résumé grew more extensive

    Not long after his war Patton died
    Right when many a Nazi was tried
    In the Nuremberg trials
    They voiced their denials
    But later their asses were fried

    So today is the day of the birth
    Of a man who displayed little mirth
    But for how he could fight
    For a cause that was right
    He’s considered the salt of the Earth


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