Horace L. “Woody” Woodring, the U.S. soldier involved in the accidental death of Gen. George Patton, died on Nov. 2 from heart failure. He was 77.
On Dec. 9, 1945, Woodring, a 19-year-old Army private, was selected to be Patton’s limousine driver. They were on a hunting trip in Germany when a truck drove in front of their vehicle. The ensuing crash left the general with a broken neck; he died 12 days later. No one else was injured in the accident.
After returning to the states, President Dwight D. Eisenhower told Woodring he wasn’t to blame for the four-star general’s death. Woodring spent the rest of his life working as an auto broker and the co-owner of a car dealership in Michigan.