Abrams: Army is best we've ever had

Abrams: Army is best we've ever had

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Guess who said this: "I'm supposed to be the best tank commander in the Army, but I have one peer Abe Abrams. He's the world champion."

That's what Gen. George Patton said about Creighton "Abe" Abrams.

On Aug. 3, we said farewell to our own Abe Abrams - Creighton's youngest son. I asked him, what might your father say about this Third Star and the major post in the Pentagon?

"I would hope that he would be proud, but he would also be surprised," Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams said.

The name Abrams - among the most prominent in Army history - since a legendary World War II tank jockey - became longtime Army Chief of Staff  Gen. Creighton Abrams.

The Army's premiere tank bears his name. It's a long shadow - in which grew up - soon to be Lt. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams.

His own take on it all - understated - and totally Army focused.

"I'm the son of a soldier.  Two of my brothers were soldiers. All three of my sisters married soldiers. My wife is the daughter of a soldier. Her brother was a soldier. I don't know many things different than serving as a soldier in the United States Army. I didn't have to look very far for what right looks like," he said.

He said that growing up, all them were expected to do their best.

"It was expected of us to be part of something bigger than yourself - to make a contribution to our country - and all of us have had the opportunity to do that in our own way," Abrams recalled.

They're principles he said young soldiers today still embrace.

"I tell everybody. I've been in the Army 31 years. It's the best Army we've ever had. Since I've been in the Army, it's the best one - without question.

"I consider myself very, very fortunate to serve as a Dogface Soldier - as the commanding general of Third Infantry Division. I get to wake up every day and work alongside - side by side with incredible soldiers, great Americans who do so many incredible things. So, it's been a great ride," he added.

Abrams relinquished command of the Marne Division to Maj. Gen. Mike Murray.

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