This article was co-written with my good friend, actor and activist Ken Wahl
In 1945, General George Patton’s distinguished military career was severely tarnished after slapping and yelling at two soldiers who he believed to be cowards. The privates, whose maladies were not visible, were recuperating in a military hospital in Sicily alongside others with visible wounds.
Almost overnight, President Franklin Roosevelt began receiving hundreds of letters related to the incident. The majority supported Patton and his actions; some even suggested a promotion was in order. Ultimately, though, Patton was reprimanded, ordered to apologize and relieved of command of the Seventh Army.… Read the rest