General George S. Patton Jr. and Willie

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Date: July 14th, 2015

patton dogDuring World II, when the general named his Bull Terrier for William the Conqueror, his officers wondered if he believed the gun-shy pup to have been the fearless warrior-king in another life.

Patton, who carefully maintained an aura of eccentric genius, let them wonder.

Soon after World War I, the young tank commander Patton acquired a Bull Terrier as a family pet.

He became smitten with the breed and owned many Bullies in his lifetime. Willie was the last of the line. He was beside his master in 1944 as the general’s famous tank corps raced across Europe, liberating huge swaths of Nazi-held territory.  More

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