Medal for his exceptional battlefield performance. 86 Soon thereafter, Patton had much more to worry about after he slapped two soldiers who he suspected of malingering in hospitals. Lieutenant General, troy Houston Middleton ( ) was a distinguished educator and senior officer of the, united States Army who served as a corps commander in the, european Theatre during. Your decision to hold bastogne was a stroke of genius. The last option appealed to Middleton the most, and he wanted to work at a school in the south. 70 Middleton stayed at LSU until 1942, describing his days as the comptroller of LSU as long days that he would not want to relive, but after the first year he found both the work and his association with Hebert, Borth and Hornbeak.