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Building at Fort Benning named for Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

The grandson of Gen. George S. Patton Jr. said it took two times for him to pass math at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., but he would be pleased to have a training building named in his honor.

Benjamin Patton, the grandson of the general who trained at Fort Benning, was guest speaker today at the naming ceremony of the General Instruction Building for the 316th Cavalry Brigade at Harmony Church. It is part of a cluster of new buildings serving the U.S. Armor School since it moved from Fort Knox, Ky., last year.

“I think first of all he would be very pleased an academic building was named after him,” Patton said. “He was not such an academic. He took two years to pass mathematics as well as my father did at West Point.”

Patton told a group of more than 150 soldiers and other local officials how his grandfather and father found success serving their country. “To be successful as a soldier as he was and as other members of my family, you have to understand history,” he said. “You have to look back and know where you came from.”

The grandson said his grandfather was famous for his mobile style of warfare.  “It comes from a deep understanding of history,” he said.

In 1940, Gen. Patton was a newly promoted colonel when he was assigned at Fort Benning. He created the 2nd Armored Division known as the “Hell on Wheels” unit. An innovator in military tactics, Patton hone his skills in maneuvers on post before he was sent to North Africa in 1942 as part of Operation Torch in World War II.

During the Battle of the Bulge, Patton’s 3rd Army broke through the enemy lines to relieve troops at Bastogne, a move still regarded as a classic field maneuver.