US Army General George Patton failed math during his first year at West Point and had to repeat the year. To improve his academic standing, Patton studied throughout the summer and later excelled throughout the rest of his time at the military academy. General Patton was one of the top military commanders during World War II and was instrumental in freeing Germany from Nazi control.
More about General Patton:
- Patton excelled at fencing while studying at West Point. Later, he would design the Model 1913 Cavalry Saber for the Army. The new sword favored thrusting attacks over slashing movements.
- At the age of 26, Patton placed fifth in the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympic Games for the pentathlon. The pentathlon consists of five events: shooting, swimming, fencing, equestrian, and athletics.
- Patton was awarded the Purple Heart in 1932 for his combat wounds during World War I.