Sunday, September 20, 2009

General George S. Patton, Jr. and The U.S. 2nd Calvary (Patton’s Ghosts of the Third Army)

By Albert De Amicis

This paper addresses two of my heroes, the Greatest Combat Commander of the Third Army in World War II, General George Smith Patton, Jr., and Private First Class Albert Frank De Amicis, my father, who served in the 2nd Cavalry, Troop A, Recon, 2nd Squadron, Mechanized, and was attached to the Third Army. The 2nd Cavalry was labeled by the Nazis as Patton’s Ghosts of the Third Army. These men wore this “crown” with pride and the distinction of fighting behind enemy lines, taking prisoners, disrupting communication and the enemy’s infrastructure, and killing as many Germans as they could. That was their mission.