Message from George Patton to US 5th Infantry Division
Office of the Commanding General
A P O 408
17 November, 1945
To the Officers and Men of the Fifth Infantry Division:
Nothing I can say can add to the glory which you have achieved.
Throughout the whole advance across France you spearheaded the attack of your Corps. You crossed so many rivers that I am persuaded many of you have web feet and I know that all of you have dauntless spirit. To my mind history does not record incidents of greater valor than your assault crossings of the Sauer and the Rhine.
Concerning the former operation, I showed the scene of your glorious exploit to a civilian for whom I have the highest esteem. After looking at it for some time he said, "I did not believe there was enough courage in the world to achieve such a victory." Knowing the Fifth Infantry Division, I was sure you would achieve it and you did.
Now that peace has been re-established I am sure all of you will continue through the remainder of your lives to stand for those great qualities of America which in war you so magnificently demonstrated.
with affectionate regards and sincere congratulations, I am, as ever,
Your devoted commander,
G. S. PATTON, JR.
Source: Michael Bilder, A Foot Soldier for Patton
Added By: C. Peter Chen
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