GEORGE PATTON: Patton was an Olympic athlete

In 1912, Patton was a 26-year-old Army cavalry officer and competed in the first-ever Olympic modern pentathlon at the Summer Games in Stockholm. Of the 42 competitors, he finished in fifth place, although he might have medaled if not for controversy in the pistol-shooting event. While the judges believed Patton missed the target with one of his shots, he argued that he was so excellent a marksman that one of his bullets traveled through a bullet hole he had already made. In 1916, Patton was also selected to the Olympic team, but the Games were canceled due to World War I.

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