Lot 412: TLS signed "G. S. Patton, Jr.," one page, 8 x 10.5, January 11, 1919. Letter of recommendation for Sergeant First Class Kenneth O. Harter, detailing his service during World War I. In part: "Sergeant Harter fulfilled the functions of Brigade Sergeant Major from the time of the formation of the Brigade until this date…In addition to his duties, in the St. Mihiel battle, Sergeant Harter volunteered to go forward with the Brigade Commander in the capacity of a runner. He carried out his duties under fire during the whole of September 12th 1918 and due to a Reconnaissance made by him the first information as to the location of the Right Battalion of the Brigade was obtained. He later successfully carried a message from the town of Pannes to the town of Beaumont, a distance of 8 kilometers under fire." Intersecting folds, light toning, and some rubbing from carbon paper, otherwise fine condition. Patton commanded a tank brigade at the Battle of St. Mihiel and the September 12th date he mentions was the first-ever use of American tank units in combat. He famously led from the front and performed acts of valor to inspire his men, including riding on top of a tank as they entered Pannes.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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