12NOV2018 – Quote of the Day

“When I want my men to remember something important, to really make it stick, I give it to them double dirty. It may not sound nice to some bunch of little old ladies at an afternoon tea party, but it helps my soldiers to remember. You can’t run an army without profanity; and it has to be eloquent profanity. An army without profanity couldn’t fight its way out of a piss-soaked paper bag. As for the types of comments I make, sometimes I just, By God, get carried away with my own eloquence.”

George S. Patton

6 thoughts on “12NOV2018 – Quote of the Day

  • November 12, 2018 at 8:54 am
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    I drove for Patton the Younger at Ft Hood, Texas when he commanded the 2d Armored Division in the mid seventies. His regular driver was on leave and he called my brigade commander for a replacement. The colonel sent me. It was interesting, and he was as spectacularly profane as his father had been. It seemed to me he must have gone straight from West Point to a captain’s commission as he despised lieutenants. When he saw a young lieutenant doing something stupid, which young lieutenants often do, he was almost overcome with apoplexy. At such times he was wont to become obscene, profane and entirely disrespectful, to the delight of sergeants and privates in earshot.

    One day he had me take him down to the division’s motor pool and as we drove around a lieutenant saw us and came running. Patton turned to me and said; “Loot a that! The sonuvabitch must think he’s a f***ing unguided missile.” The Lt ran up, saluted and reported. Patton told him to go back to his business and asked where the motor sergeant was. The Lt did not know and Patton blew up like Mt Vesuvius. After the tirade we found the motor sergeant and Patton spoke to him about maintenance (Patton was big on supply and maintenance). Then he called the Lt over and made the motor sergeant sign a hand receipt for the Lt, and told him to take charge of the Lt and to train him in maintenance on all wheeled vehicles. Basically he put a Lt under the command of a Sergeant First Class. Patton then said’; “And you WILL f***ing learn, lieutenant, or I’ll have your f***ing bars, your f***ing ass and the honor of your motherf***ing family. Then I’ll nail your d**k to my trophy board!”

    Old days, man. Old days. I have a couple more stories about him from that month I drove for him.

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    • November 12, 2018 at 9:57 am
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      Great story! Well, you’re in luck. I have about a week of Patton quotes this week. But I’d love to have you put together a post of your stories and I’ll put it up here under your by-line. Always looking to make a more community feel to the place. Let me know.

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      • November 12, 2018 at 10:31 pm
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        Sure, I’ll work on them. How do you want me to deliver it, email?

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        • November 13, 2018 at 7:16 am
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          Excellent, thanks. E-mail would be fine. orionscoldfire@charter.net is the site mail. This site definitely needs some content not from me. It gets too monotone.

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          • November 13, 2018 at 7:06 pm
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            Ok, I’ll work on it in odd hours.

          • November 13, 2018 at 7:24 pm
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            Keep the talent happy I always say. No rush.

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