Monday, April 25, 2011

You Are My Golden Nugget

“You are my Golden Nugget”
General George S. Patton, Jr., Czechoslovakia, July, 1945

The above painting is a mural in the Massachusetts State is a mural of World War II Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr., of Hamilton, awarding the Silver Star to First Lieutenant Charles L. Smith for Smith’s gallantry in action during the assault on the Siegfried Switch, Tettingen, Germany in January, 1945. The mural is located on the Fourth Floor of the State House across from the House Gallery.

By William A. Foley, Jr. (b.
2003, painted from a photograph
Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 180”
Signed, l.l. W. A. Foley, Jr. / G302 / 94th Div.

Given by the 94th Infantry Division Association under
Dedicated October 20, 2003.
Presented by
Accepted by Governor Mitt Romney.
Plaque, bronze, 22 ½ x 60” Cast 2004 by Matthews International, Pittsburgh. PA. Placed February 2005.

This scene illustrates a scene outside Tettingen, in the Saar-Moselle Triangle, early in the assault on the Switch. At the right is a German pill box at the edge of the Campholz Woods. At the left are Monkey Wrench Woods. Lt. General Patton has stopped en route out of town to congratulate Lt. Smith for bravery after he led his platoon into combat. Maj. General Harry J. Maloney, Commander, looks on.

The full description of the painting and the events can be found here.