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George S. Patton Jr. (The Career Begins)

What do you know about George S. Patton Jr. (The Career Begins)?  Try this US World War II History Made Easy Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) George S. Patton, Jr was born in San Gabriel, California to George Smith Patton Sr. (September 30, 1856 - June, 1927) and Ruth Wilson.  Although he was technically the third George Smith Patton he was given the name Junior.  The Pattons were an affluent family of Scottish descent.  As a boy, Patton read widely in classics and military history.  Patton's father was a friend of a cavalry hero of the Confederate Army in the U.S. Civil War, serving first under J.E.B. Stuart and then as a guerrilla fighter. George S. Patton Jr.  - Trivia powered by ABE
Who was this friend?

  1. Harvey Overguard
  2. George G. Jackson
  3. John Singleton Mosby

2) George's grandfather died as a Confederate general during the Civil War. 
What battle did he die?

  1. Battle of Opequon
  2. Battle of Gettysburg
  3. Battle of Antietam

3) George graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1909. He attended a military academy before entering West Point.
What was the military academy?

  1. New Mexico Military Academy
  2. California Military Academy
  3. Virginia Military Institute

4) On May 26, 1910, he married the daughter of a wealthy textile baron.
Who was the daughter?

  1. Mabel Iris Jennings
  2. Beatrice Banning Ayer
  3. Irene Ryan

5) After graduating, he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army cavalry. In 1912, he honored his country by being a member of what athletic organization.
What was this organization?

  1. U.S. Congress page
  2. U.S. Olympic athlete
  3. U.S. Army football team

6) During the Mexican Expedition of 1916, Patton was assigned to the 8th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Bliss, Texas. He accompanied then-Brigadier General John J. Pershing as his aide during the Punitive Expedition in his pursuit of forces that had crossed into New Mexico and raided the town of Columbus, looting and killing several Americans.
Who was the Mexican leader?

  1. Pancho Villa
  2. Kimo Sabe
  3. Rio Grande

7) George and a group killed two Mexican leaders, including "General" Julio Cardenas, commander of the Mexican leader's personal bodyguard. Because George loved wearing the Colt .45s, Pershing gave George a nickname.
What was George's nickname?

  1. "Bandito"
  2. "Gunslinger"
  3. "Warrior"

8) During World War I, George was part of what command?

  1. U.S. Army Air Corps
  2. U.S. Tank Corps
  3. U.S. Cavalry Corps

9) During World War I, George was wounded by machine gun fire and won a Purple Heart.
What was the battle in September 1918 that George was wounded?

  1. Battle of Saint-Mihiel
  2. Battle of the Seine
  3. Battle of Saint-Marie

10) After the war in 1919, George was assigned to Washington, DC.  He reverted to his Captain's rank.
There he would meet and become friends with what future Army general?

  1. James Longstreet
  2. Herbert Hoover
  3. Dwight D. Eisenhower

George S. Patton Jr. (The Career Begins) [Answers]

1) C. 2) A. 3) C. 4) B. 5) B. 6) A. 7) A. 8) B. 9) A. 10) C.



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