This page is dedicated to General George S. Patton
III and his troops. General Patton is loved and
hailed as a hero in the country of Luxembourg, particularly
in the town of Ettelbrueck. The General and his
troops liberated this town on December 25, 1944.
Besides a huge statue and a memorial park, a memorial
museum was dedicated to him, which holds 1000 of
photographs and documents about the German invasion
in May 1940 and the liberation of the country by
American Troops in 1944.
The Patton Monument was inaugurated
in June, 1954. Prince Felix of Luxembourg unveiled
the monument. On the front side it reads: In Memoriam
Lt.-Gen. G.S. Patton Jr. The 3rd Army as well as
the different Corps and Divisions that participated
in the liberation of Luxembourg are listed on the
rear of the monument.
In June of 1970 a bronze statue representing
General Patton was inaugurated in Patton Square.
This statue is a copy of the statue from the West
Point Academy park. There is also a Sherman model
M4 A1 tank, the same type of tank that was used
by the armored units under General Patton's command.
General Patton was laid to rest on
24 December 1945 at the US Military Cemetery in
Hamm, Luxembourg. He rests there with thousands
of his fellow soldiers. There are a total of 5076
US Military Cemetery in Hamm
This cemetery is located approximately 2 miles outside
of Luxembourg City.
Two Medal of Honor recipients are
also buried there; SSgt
Day G. Turner and Pvt
William D. McGee
On the right side of General Patton's grave, see
picture above, there is a beautiful small chapel.
It's interesting to note that in late 1919 General
Patton visited Luxembourg for the first time; he
wrote a letter to his father at that time and stated
that Luxembourg was a beautiful country. He also
stated: "This is the only country in the world
without armed forces. A terrible example which should
not be copied." How right he was; as the General
and his men came to its rescue 25 years later.