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St. Louis Blues' Jaden Schwartz, left, checks Anaheim Ducks' Korbinian Holzer, of Germany, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Gen. George S. Patton (November 11, 1885 December 21, 1945) was a senior officer of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European theaters of World War II, but is best known for his leadership of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Patton first saw combat during the Pancho Villa Expedition in 1916, taking part in America's first military action using motor vehicles. He later joined the newly formed United States Tank Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces and saw action in World War I, commanding the U.S. tank school in France before being wounded while leading tanks into combat near the end of the war. In the interwar period, Patton remained a central figure in the development of armored warfare doctrine in the U.S. Army, serving in numerous staff positions throughout the country. Rising through the ranks, he commanded the 2nd Armored Division at the time of the American entry into World War II. Patton led U.S. troops into the Mediterranean theater with an invasion of Casablanca during Operation Torch in 1942, where he later established himself as an effective commander through his rapid rehabilitation of the demoralized U.S. II Corps. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Army during the Allied invasion of Sicily, where he was the first Allied commander to reach Messina. There he was embroiled in controversy after he slapped two shell-shocked soldiers under his command, and was temporarily removed from battlefield command for other duties such as participating in Operation Fortitude's disinformation campaign for Operation Overlord. Patton returned to command the Third Army following the invasion of Normandy in June 1944, where he led a highly successful rapid armored drive across France. He led the relief of beleaguered American troops at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and advanced his Third Army into Nazi Germany by the end of the war. (AP Photo/

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In this March 8, 2017, file photo, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin. Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory "fake news." (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber/dpa via AP)

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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) tries to block a shot as New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1), of Germany, keeps his eyes on the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Monday, March 13, 2017, in New York, (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, reacts after losing a point to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Dominic Thiem, of Austria, returns a shot against Mischa Zverev, of Germany, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns a shot to Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Angelique Kerber, of Germany, reacts after beating Pauline Parmentier, of France, during the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Angelique Kerber, of Germany, serves to Pauline Parmentier, of France, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Pauline Parmentier, of France, returns a shot to Angelique Kerber, of Germany, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot to Pauline Parmentier, of France, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, center, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Benfica in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 8, 2017.. (Guido Kirchner/dpa via AP)

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FILE - In this Feb.14, 2017 file photo, nn Opel car, in front, is offered for sale by a Peugeot dealer in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. General Motors Co. is selling its loss-making European car business — including Germany's Opel and British brand Vauxhall — to French automaker PSA group. The 2.2 billion euro ($2.33 billion) deal announced Monday March 6, 2017 in Paris by GM and PSA — maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

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Germany's Anna Blasse (14) tries to get a shot past United States' Alyssa Naeher, foreground, as Tobin Heath (17) defends during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Germany's Isabel Kerschowski (17) tries to get around United States' Morgan Brian (6) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan (10) tries to get past United States' Tobin Heath (17) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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United States' Allie Long, right, heads the ball in front of Germany's Lena Petermann during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Nashville Predators left wing Colin Wilson (33) jumps out of the way of a shot against Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Martin Kaymer, of Germany, acknowledges the crowd after putting on the second hole during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer, front, of Germany, goes down after colliding with Boston Bruins center Riley Nash during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)