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John Merrill writes this:

"A young, awkward boy grew up in southern California, plagued by a learning disability that in later years would be called dyslexia. But with his mother’s encouragement and admonishment, he became a strong and capable leader.

Years later he was commanding thousands of your Americans in war. When General George S. Patton (old “Blood and Guts”) found himself in North Africa grappling with the German Army, his thoughts on the battlefield were often of his mother. It was his mother, he often told colleagues, who ingrained in him the leadership qualities that he was to become famous for. His only regret was that he never expressed sufficient appreciation to her.

“Darling Mama,” he began in a letter he wrote after her death, in words that pained him, “You are still very near. I never showed you in life the love I really felt nor my admiration for your courage.”

Paul Harvey says more "… the ally, the constant companion who read to him what he could not read … who first taught our nation’s greatest cavalryman how to ride. … The friend of his youth who recognized the first beginnings of greatness in a small boy---and prepared him for a world of men---was a woman. Mrs. George Patton, Senior. His mother."

SOURCE: John Williams III in "There’s nothing like a Mother’s Love" on www.sermoncentral.com.

Citations: Mark Merrill’s "The Power of a Mother" at http://www.familyfirst.net/pressroom/historicalmoms.htm).

Paul Harvey. The Rest Of The Story. New York: Bantam Books, 1997, p. 47.

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