GEORGE PATTON: Patton first saw combat and gained fame chasing Pancho Villa

In 1916, Pancho Villa made a deadly raid on Columbus, New Mexico. In response to it, President Woodrow Wilson ordered American troops across the Mexican border to kill the Mexican revolutionary.

George S. Patton served as aide-de-camp to the mission’s commander, General John J. Pershing, and participated in the attack on May 14, 1916. Pancho Villa’s second-in-command and two of his guards were killed. Patton ordered the three corpses strapped like trophy animals to the hoods of his unit’s automobiles before driving back to base.

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