Patton’s Real Speech: Even More Incredible Than the Movie

Lt. Gen. George Patton with the signal corps, July 11th 1943, Sicily. (General George Patton Museum)

You are not all going to die. Only two percent of you right here today would be killed in a major battle. Every man is scared in his first action. If he says he’s not, he’s a goddamn liar. But the real hero is the man who fights even though he’s scared. Some men will get over their fright in a minute under fire, some take an hour, and for some it takes days. But the real man never lets his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. (continue on next page)