Saturday, September 22, 2012

Patton Museum near Fort Knox Kentucky

We have been in the area for about a week now and have enjoyed it a lot.  The downside is that our campground is down in a valley which precludes us from having consistent cell phone or internet coverage.

We left Maynardville and spent a night at the Raccoon Valley Escapees Campground outside of Knoxville.  There, we had full hookups and dumped our grey and black tanks.  The next day we drove on to our site here at the Camp Carson Army Recreation Area about four miles down the road from Fort Knox, KY.

Fort Knox is not far from Louisville KY.  Since we have never been here we have done some sight seeing.

First we stopped at the General George Patton Museum at Fort Knox.  It was a freebie but none the less quite interesting and well done.
We have run into Patton's legacy in the past:  first in 29 Palms California where he did some tank training and again in Fort Clark, Texas along the Mexican border.  He was stationed there as Lt Colonel as a cavalry officer.

I think I first got interested in Patton when I saw the movie by the same name.
The 1970 movie became a classic and had some great scenes.  Interestingly enough, the movie was playing in the museum auditorium.
The museum had a pretty good array of artifacts to see.  I didn't realize that he went to the Olympics as part of the pentathlon team in 1912.

He also studied with the French and wrote the Army manual on fighting with a sabre as well as designing the last U.S. Calvary saber.

He petitioned and was allowed to go into Mexico with Gen John J. Pershing in the chase for  Pancho Villa in 1916.

He left his mark on the Army in World War II as the most well known Army Tank Commander of the war along with the German General Rommel.  During WW II Patton commanded the Third Army and was responsible for capturing more enemy prisoners and liberating more territory than any army in history.

 The museum is built around the them of leadership
 One of the B-3 bomber jackets worn by Patton
 The general's modified Jeep
The car in which Patton died, while being driving to a pheasant outing near Mannheim Germany, Dec 9, 1045

The museum is open to the public at no charge and can be reached without driving onto the post at Fort Knox.  It was a good museum and worth the time to see.

That's it for this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles.  Thanks for joining us!  Until next time...

10 comments:

  1. Seems like that museum also had at least one of every military vehicle with treads ever built. That includes several nationalities. I was there six years ago.

    JC

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  2. When we were at Columbus, NM, staying at Poncho Villa State Park, we walked across the border to Palomas, MX. There is an awesome statue of Poncho Villa shaking Patton's hand in the plaza behind the Pink Store..See this post http://dennisdonna.blogspot.com/2010/03/oh-sure-now-it-turns-spring.html

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    1. Those statues in the Pink store plaza are Pershing and Villa about to shake hands

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  3. Did not know about that museum. I have read alot about Patton and need to add this museum to the list-thanks:)

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