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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 2:41 p.m. PST

"The young lieutenant and his squad of men advanced through the arid Chihuahuan scrub toward the adobe walled ranch house. All was quiet. There was a chance that a top Villista commander was inside. The lieutenant and two men moved up along the north end of the building. Six others took the south side. As the lieutenant came around the corner to the east side, three men on horses dashed around out of the gate, coming straight at him. The horsemen wheeled, only to find the rest of the Americans coming around the southeast corner of the house. Turning again, they charged toward the lieutenant. A crack shot with a pistol, he fired, shooting a horse in the belly and wounding its rider in the arm. The lieutenant ducked back around the corner to reload his pistol, emerging again just as a second rider swept down on him. The lieutenant fired again, shooting the horse in the hip. The rider fell, and then rose up, aiming a pistol. He was just ten yards away, when the cavalry men with the lieutenant brought him down. A third rider was galloping away, only to be picked off by the American riflemen.

The first rider had dragged himself back into the hacienda. The lieutenant and his squad followed into the patio, and one soldier picked him off as he ran along a wall. They approached the wounded man, who suddenly raised a pistol, only to be felled at close range. Inside, the Americans found several old people, who confirmed that one of the men was indeed Julio Cárdenas, a general in Pancho Villa's army. The young lieutenant smiled. It was May 14, 1916. Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr. had made a name for himself….."
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