U.S. At War: General-Patting Incident

Private Norton G. Addison was so pleased with a four-day vacation at a Third Army rest camp in France that he sat right down and wrote his general a thank-you note. His general wrote right back:

"My dear Addison—I have been trying to look out for the health and happiness of soldiers for 35 years. However your letter is the first time I have ever received written thanks, and I am very appreciative. . . . Happy and Victorious New Year. (Signed) G. S. Patton Jr., Lieut. General, U.S.A., Commanding."


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