Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, commander of the Seventh U.S. Army, visited a
military hospital in Sicily where he confronted a soldier who was hospitalized
for "battle fatigue". He accused the private, 18-year-old Charles H. Kuhl, of
being a coward and slapped him twice.
Patton’s superior, General Dwight Eisenhower, compelled him to apologize
and sidelined him for almost a year after the incident.
Congress and the general public expressed both support and disdain for