FORT KNOX, KY (WAVE) - He was pivotal to United States military history during World War I and helped establish the U.S. Tank Corps.
Now, the area chapter of the U.S. Army Brotherhood of Tankers wants to create a monument in honor of General George S. Patton, Jr. and those who served as part of the U.S. Tank Corps during World War I.
The monument has already been granted permission to be built at the Memorial Park located next to the General George Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox, which once served as the home for the country's tanks.
The cost of the monument has been estimated at about $30,000. So far, the group has been able to raise roughly one third of the cost. They were also recently awarded a 100 cities/100 memorials program grant, matching up to $2,000. The monument would also be designated as a World War I Centennial Memorial.
The monument is designed to match the one in Bourg, France, where the U.S. Tank School was located. Patton established the school in November 1917, developing tactics and techniques. He also led the development of the first U.S.-built tank.
Patton considered himself a cavalryman who was "the only American who has ever made an attack in a motor vehicle," according to a letter he wrote in 1917.
Tanks would become instrumental to the U.S. and its allies in subsequent wars.
For seven decades, Fort Knox was the home for the country's armored vehicles. But in 2010, as part of a military reorganization, more than 180 M1 tanks were moved to Fort Benning in Georgia, according to the Associated Press. The Fort Knox training school for tanks went along too.
Fort Knox is also the home to the General George Patton Museum which is undergoing renovations and is expected to re-open summer of 2018.
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