Member of Congress
Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives:
Representative from Indiana; born in Jackson, Mich., February 5, 1914; moved with his parents to Flint, Mich., in 1916; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1935; entered Infantry Reserve training in 1935; moved to Indianapolis, Ind., in October 1936 and established the Central Wallpaper & Paint Corp.; entered on active duty as first lieutenant Infantry Reserve, February 10, 1941; served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, Eighty-third Infantry Division, in 1943; executive officer to Assistant Chief of Staff G-1, First Army, during invasion planning in England and combat in Europe until V-E Day; transferred with First Army Planning Headquarters to Canlubang, Philippine Islands, August 5, 1945; released from active duty February 27, 1946, as lieutenant colonel, Army Reserve, and retired as colonel in 1974; Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and French Medaille de Reconnaissance; chairman Marion County Juvenile Court Advisory Council in 1948 and 1949; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1959); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958 to the Eighty-sixth Congress; assistant administrator for public affairs and congressional liaison, Housing and Home Finance Agency, Washington, D.C., 1959-1964; editor and publisher of Congressional Staff Directory; engaged in public relations in Washington, D.C., 1961-1985; was a resident of Coral Gables, Fla., and Mount Vernon, Va., until his death in Alexandria, Va., on August 4, 1988; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
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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