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The Art of James Mellick: The General's Willie
Feb. 11, 1986

Gary A. Mellick, CPT (P) M/C FS
Assistant Director
Human Performance Laboratory
Dept. of the Army
Office of the Surgeon General
Washington, D.C. 20310

Dear Captain Mellick,

My brother, Maj. Gen. George S. Patton (Ret.)showed me the photographs of your brother's carving of a wooden Dog purportedly entitled "Patton's Willie". Your brother seems to be a talented wood worker and it is a shame he should waste his time and talent on such a ridiculous and misnamed piece of work. The sculpture has no resemblance to Willie in any way, shape or form and is also degrading to the dog, and to our father, who never would have made such a travesty of an animal as to dress it up in toy pistols and imaginary insignia. Willie's eyes were not blue and his head was not classic,nor did his ribs show. To me, the carving is altogether obscene. I am herewith returning the pictures.

Yours truly
(name withheld by James Mellick)
                                                                              The General’s Willie, 1986
                                                                             Private Collection, Athens, OH
                                                 Life-sized; poplar, walnut, leather, copper, acrylic and copper trim

General Patton’s daughter sent the above letter to my doctor brother who was working in the Pentagon at that time. Some people do not have a sense of humor. Of course this is based on General Patton’s white bull terrier, “William the Conqueror”. George called him “Willie” when he was frightened by a much smaller dog. Note the twin Colt pistols, the four stars on the collar and the patch of the 3rd Army.