Army & Navy - COMMAND: Death & the General

In the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg (a former German cavalry barracks), General George Smith Patton Jr. was fighting for his life. His neck had been broken in an auto accident when he was on his way to shoot pheasants. He fought with the same tenacity with which he had fought his enemies. He was mending so well that medics took off the elaborate traction apparatus and put their 60-year-old patient in a plaster cast. There was talk of flying him home. Then a respiratory infection set in. Last week—twelve days after his accident—George Patton died in his sleep.


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