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George S. Patton Signed Letter With Two of His Military Insignia, "I am not real famous, but...I am a Fighting soldier”

George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945). Typed Letter Signed, "G S Patton Jr.", 1p, on Command and General Staff School letterhead, 7.25" x 10.5", Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, August 5, 1923. Attractively framed with two of Patton's military insignia to an overall size of 22.5'' x 20.75''. Not examined out of frame. Accompanied by original transmittal envelope. Letter has expected mailing folds and some light creasing. In near fine condition.

When Patton wrote this letter, he was a student at the Command and General Staff School in Fort Leavenworth with the rank of Major. To Kevin Raines of San Francisco, California, a collector of military insignia, in full and with spelling unchanged: "Your letter has been recieved at this Headquarters. We are happy to hear of your collection of Military insignia. I am not real famous, but since you took the time to write I will send you a couple items of insignia of mine. A set of US coller insignia & one of my ribbon bars. I hope these are what you had in mind, I have not been in the Army long enough to build up a surplus of items. Anyway I hope you enjoy them it is my pleasure to send them to you." Patton then adds an amusing  postscript: "Please excuse my typing as I am a Fighting soldier not a Clerk." 

Later that month, Patton saved several children from drowning and was awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal by the U.S. Coast Guard as a result.

The Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is a graduate school for United States Army and sister service officers, interagency representatives, and international military officers. The college was established in 1881 by William T. Sherman (1820-1891) as the School of Application for Infantry and Cavalry, a training school for infantry and cavalry officers. Notable alumni along with George S. Patton (1924) include Dwight D. Eisenhower (1925-26), Douglas MacArthur (1912), and Colin Powell (1968). 

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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