S. Patton, Jr. and The U.S. 2nd Calvary (Patton’s Ghosts of the Third Army)
By Albert De Amicis
paper addresses two of my heroes, the Greatest Combat Commander of the Third Army in World War II, General George Smith Patton,
Jr., and Private First Class Albert Frank De Amicis, my father, who served in the 2nd Cavalry, Troop A, Recon, 2nd Squadron,
Mechanized, and was attached to the Third Army. The 2nd Cavalry was labeled by the Nazis as Patton’s Ghosts of the Third
Army. These men wore this “crown” with pride and the distinction of fighting behind enemy lines, taking prisoners,
disrupting communication and the enemy’s infrastructure, and killing as many Germans as they could. That was their mission.
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About the Author
My name is Albert Paul De Amicis.
Presently, I teach as an Adjunct Faculty for both the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International
Affairs and the University of Phoenix for the School of Criminal Justice Administration.
I was employed at the Allegheny
County Bureau of Corrections for 29 years. I retired there on June 30, 2004. This correctional facility
is located at 950 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Prior to my retirement, I was the 7-3 Assistant Shift Commander and
held the rank of Captain. During my tenure at the Allegheny County Bureau of Corrections, I was tasked to develop, coordinate
and author the Emergency Preparedness Emergency Plan for the new Allegheny Jail. During my tenure there, I held positions
as the Correctional Emergency Response Team Leader, Director of Training and. Director of Classification, Intake and Booking.
With regard to my educational background,
I have a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management, from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
at the University of Pittsburgh. As of January 2007, I began pursuing a second Masters in Public and International Affairs
again from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. My Field of Study is
Security and Intelligence Studies.