Gen. George Patton: Six not-so-gentle father-to-son tips

The new book, 'Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom,' shares letters written by Gen. George Patton to his his son. Here are six pieces of advice from these letters.

2. On conduct as a cadet: never make excuses

"As to your conduct as a cadet! You do all the getting along. Don’t talk or look smug as if it was an old story to you. Do your damndest in an ostentatious manner all the time. Make it a point to always be the best turned out plebe at any formation. Brass polished, trousers pressed, everything smart. Weapons spotless and get there on time – not just on time but well ahead of time. Never make excuses whether or not it is your fault....

"You must never knowingly infringe any regulation. You will get skinned, but they will be accidents."

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