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702nd Tank Battalion “Red Devils”

Rolling On

 

SOLDIERS OF THE THIRD ARMY, PAST AND PRESENT:

 

“During the 281 days of incessant and victorious combat, your penetrations have advanced further in less time than any other Army in history.  You have fought your way across 24 major rivers and innumerable lesser streams.  You have liberated or conquered more than 82,000 square miles of territory.  Including 15,000 cities and some 12,000 inhabited places.  Prior to the termination of hostilities, you have captured in battle 956,000 enemy soldiers and killed or wounded at least 500,000 others.  France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia bear witness to your exploits.

 

All the men and women of the six corps and thirty-nine divisions that have at different times been members of the Army have done their duty.  Each deserves credit.  The enduring valor of the combat troops has been paralleled and made possible by the often unpublicized activities of the supply, administrative, and medical services of this Army and of the Communications Zone supporting it.  Nor shall we forget our comrades of the other Armies and of the Air Force, particularly of the XIX Tactical Air Command, by whose side and under whose wings we have had the honor to fight.

 

In proudly contemplating our achievements let us never forget our heroic dead whose graves mark the course of our historic advances, nor our wounded whose sacrifices aided so much to our success.

 

The termination of the fighting in Europe does not remove the opportunities for other outstanding and equally difficult achievements in the days which are to come.  In some ways the immediate future will demand of you, more fortitude than the past because, without the inspiration of combat, you must maintain ... by your dress, deportment, and efficiency-not only the prestige of the Third Army but also the honor of the United States.  I have complete confidence that you will not fail.”

 

[signed] G. S. Patton, Jr., General

 

 

 

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