The other day I was entertaining myself by reading various versions of General George S. Patton’s speech that he gave to units of the Third Army just prior to D-Day.
Then I ran across this quote of Andy Rooney, from this page.
I find it very interesting, because Patton seemed to already have supplied a retort to Rooney on May 17, 1944:
It’s obvious Rooney still has a chip on his shoulder about Patton, but I’ve seen him explain that pretty eloquently by saying that Patton was a glory seeker who wasn’t afraid to sacrifice his men for headlines.
But I wonder if something more personal is going on here. Was Patton responding directly to something Andy Rooney himself wrote for Stars and Stripes? Is he referring directly to a journalist for the Saturday Evening Post? Or was this philosophical rift some sort of party line that American war correspondents regularly toed and Patton disliked?
As a side question, I’d like to know if Andy Rooney ever personally interacted with Gen. Patton. Did they know one another personally, or was Rooney just another anonymous private taking notes at Patton’s press conferences?