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The famous bull terrier owned by General Patton was purchased on 4 March, 1944. He was named Willie, short for “William the Conqueror.”

He was devoted to the general and followed him everywhere. General Patton doted on his dog and even threw a birthday party for him.
The general wrote in his diary on July 15th, 1944 “Willie is crazy about me and almost has a fit when I come back to camp. He snores too and is company at night.”

On his encounter with General Patton and Willie, cartoonist Bill Mauldlin wrote:
“Beside him, lying in a big chair was Willie, the bull terrier. If ever dog was suited to master this one was. Willie had his beloved boss’s expression and lacked only the ribbons and stars. I stood in that door staring into the four meanest eyes I’d ever seen”.

One day before Patton was to return to the United States in December, 1945, he was involved in an automobile accident which broke his neck and he died a few days later.

Willie was sent home to live out the rest of his life as the beloved dog of a fallen warrior with the General’s wife and daughters.

This picture of Willie, a lost little dog, was taken a few days after the General’s death as preparations were made to send home his effects.

(Colorised by Petr B. Cooper)

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