December 21, This Day in American History

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December 21, 1945  – General George S. Patton dies at the age of 60 after being injured in a car accident. On December 9, 1945, Patton was severely injured in a road accident. The day before Patton was scheduled to leave Europe for a permanent trip back to the U.S., he and his chief of staff, Major General Hobart R. “Hap” Gay, were on a day trip to hunt pheasants in the country outside Mannheim, Germany. The trip was designed to cheer Patton. Their 1938 Cadillac Model 75 (a full size Cadillac Series 70 V-8 car) was driven by Private First Class Horace L. Woodring (1926–2003), who had not been the driver who drove Patton through the war. Patton sat in the back seat on the right side, with Gay on his left, as per custom. At 11:45 near Neckarstadt (Mannheim-Käfertal), shortly after Patton’s car had stopped for a train…

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