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The Tunic of General Patton's Son-in-Law

Bill Dienna

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This recently came "out of the woodwork" at an auction. It is a 1963 dated tailor made tunic for a U.S. Army General, named on the tailor's tag and on the interior pocket as having been made for "General John K. Waters". General Waters was a 1931 graduate of West Point. He was a highly decorated armored officer who married the daughter of General Patton. He was taken prisoner, and at one point in the war Patton sent a column on a mission to attempt to liberate the P.O.W. camp in which Waters was imprisoned. Waters went on to rise to General Officer rank, and during the Vietnam war was commander of U.S. Army forces in the Pacific. Of course, at the auction it was just "an army jacket".

It's always interesting what a little research can reveal about an object's history!

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