Did General George S. Patton describe himself as "an utter, craven coward"?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 13 20:55:41 UTC 2013

HathiTrust has "A non-existent man, an autobiography" (1962) by Thomas
Vernor Smith.
The book is in full view. Unfortunately, there are no matches for
"Patton" or "coward".

> Stephen Goranson wrote:
>> Maybe Thomas Vernor Smith 1890-1964?

Garson O'Toole
> Thanks for your response, Stephen. I think that you are right that "T.
> V. Smith" probably refers to Thomas Vernor Smith. Amazon has a listing
> for the following autobiography:
> A non-existent man, an autobiography by Thomas Vernor Smith.
> The description mentions service in Sicily:
> [Begin excerpt]
> He served as private ("no class") in World War I; he held the rank of
> colonel in World War II and was a military governor with the Allied
> Control Commission in Sicily and Italy, …
> [End excerpt]
> The book was published with editions in 1961 and 1962 apparently.
> Based on the timing perhaps this book contains the quotation. The
> Google Books database includes some instances of the book but they
> seem to be in "No Preview" mode.
> Garson
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