Flying the P-47 Thunderbolt as a member of the 366th FS, he completed over 100 combat missions in support of the allied invasion of Europe and was credited with destroying three German aircraft.
After the war, he obtained a law degree from the University of Texas, but was recalled to active duty with the Air Force in 1953. He served as an instructor in the USAF Instrument Pilot Instructors School, flew the B-66 Destroyer as a command pilot in a peace-time deployment to Japan, and in a combat assignment during the Vietnam War.
At home, he served as Chief, USAF Personnel Legislative Section, and Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs to the Secretary of Defense. He retired a full colonel in 1972.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star.
Following his military service, he worked as a specialist in national defense and foreign affairs for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, completing a comprehensive revision of the law governing personnel management for military officers in all branches of the armed forces. He then practiced law until he suffered a debilitating stroke. He courageously recovered with the help of his wife, Catherine, who predeceased him in March.
He is survived by his five children, Carol Lerche of Belmont, California, Marilyn Small and Janet Merritt, both of Richmond, Virginia, Diane Boller of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Stephen Farlow of Henderson, Nevada; and eight grandchildren. A funeral service with Full Military Honors will be held 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at Arlington National Cemetery.
FARLOW, CATHERINE M
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/05/1927
DATE OF DEATH: 03/25/2007
BURIED AT: SECTION 54 SITE 495
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF FARLOW, ALLAN W COL US AIR FORCE
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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