This is the third card in the series and features cover art by well-known illustrator and Western artist Tom Lovell (1909-97). Not only do these cards offer a one-of-a-kind way to send your holiday greetings this season, but all sales help support the 6th Cavalry Museum.
The original “Patton Prayer,” written by Patton’s chief of chaplains Col. (Monsignor) James H. O’Neill, was delivered in December 1944 to the American troops fighting during one of the worst blizzards in European history. One of the 250,000 cards delivered to troops containing the prayer on one side and a Christmas greeting from Patton on the other side is in the museum’s permanent collection. The Prayer asks that the Lord “restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend.” Following delivery of the cards, the weather cleared, allowing Patton’s Third Army to break through the German counteroffensive and prompting O’Neill to say,“Gen. Patton prayed for fair weather for battle. He got it.”
Patton’s family supports the museum’s efforts to raise money by offering the card for sale. The General’s grandson, George Patton Waters, visited the museum in 2010 when the first card was created and encouraged the museum to take the card to press. For the past three years, Waters has approved the card’s design and given it the family’s blessing.
Now, 68 years after Patton directed O’Neill to write a prayer for good weather for battle, the infamous prayer, accompanied by a portrait of a serious looking Patton inside a European church send your holiday message. To order your card, visit 6thcavalrymuseum.org or call the museum 706-861-2860.
The 6th Cavalry Museum preserves the rich military history of the “Fighting Sixth”Cavalry, stationed at The Post at Fort Oglethorpe (1919 – 1942). Located on the Post’s original parade ground/polo field, the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, surrounded by officers’ homes and other Post buildings. The museum houses artifacts, uniforms, weapons, accouterments, photos, and a Patton Tank. For more information, visit 6thcavalrymuseum.org.