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Gaffey, Hugh J. (1895-1946) to Renee Stockdale re: news that Patton will be crippled from car accident

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06760.13 Author/Creator: Gaffey, Hugh J. (1895-1946) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Typed letter signed Date: 1945/12/18 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Conveying a surgeon's opinion that Patton would survive the injuries suffered in a car accident, although without the ability to walk. Gaffey writes in part "It seems unfair that a man who had gone through as much as he had during the war should be crippled by a silly automobile accident." Patton died three days after the date of this letter. Signed "Hap"

People: Gaffey, Hugh J., 1895-1946.

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: Military History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, World War II, Soldier's Letter, Injury or Wound, Death

Sub Era: World War II Postwar Politics and the Origins of the Cold War