Many of America's great titans were penniless immigrants who arrived on our shore with little but soaring ambition. Others descended from old stock, family seeds planted generations earlier; they were economically and socially comfortable, but not sated in the thirst to carve their own name and path. George S. Patton Jr. is an excellent representative of the latter, his pedigree as indisputable as his childhood's fancy to become a great warrior. Hailing from the oldest of American roots, Patton was a descendant of John Washington (George Washington's grandfather) and Gen. Hugh Mercer (hero of the American Revolutionary War). Some credit Patton's military ascendancy to his ancestors who served with distinction in every one of America's wars. Patton, however, believed he had been reincarnated from Roman times, where he was a great warrior. Perhaps there is merit to both views.