Army & Navy - COMMAND: Conduct Unbecoming ...

The first tendency of the people and the Congress (see p. 15) was to regard the Patton affair as a shocking but isolated incident in an officer's career. It was not.

The isolated incident quickly became two. Bellicose Lieut. General George Smith Patton Jr. had degraded another enlisted man. Private Charles Herman Kuhl had written home to Indiana: "General Patton slapped my face yesterday and kicked me in the pants and cussed me." Kuhl, like the unnamed artilleryman whose slapping precipitated the Patton case (TIME, Nov. 29), had also been hospitalized for...

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