The man for whom the Berlin Wall's “Checkpoint Charlie” was named died in 1982 at Asheville, North Carolina, after a long illness. He was a highly decorated general who retired from the Headquarters Staff of U.S. Forces in Tokyo, Japan, also served in World War II. In July 1953 he became commander of the Berlin Military Post and the gate in the Berlin Wall was named for him. In World War II, he served as Assistant Division Commander of the 37th Infantry Division (Buckeyes) in the Southwest Pacific. In 1944 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for a counterttack against Japanese forces at Hill 700 on Bougainville. He served in both World War I, World War II and in Korea.
He is buried in Section 7 of Arlington National Cemetery.
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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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