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   Gen. George S. Patton, 80, dies

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7/2/2004 12:00 am

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Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

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Entered 7/2/2004, Updated 7/2/2004

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WASHINGTON - Maj. Gen. George S. Patton, the son and namesake of the World War II armored commander and a veteran of combat in the Korean and Vietnam wars, died on Sunday at his home in Hamilton, Mass. He was 80. Patton, who retired from the Army in 1980, had been in poor health for years because of complications from hip surgery and other ailments, his wife, Joanne, said. The younger Patton was occasionally asked whether he felt overshadowed by his father, who gained fame for his exploits in North Africa, Sicily and France and who was introduced to new generations of Americans through George C. Scott's movie portrayal. "I've never worried about it," the son said in an interview in 1977. "I've been too busy."


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