“He was a Captain in the Infantry in World War II. In his first book, “Company Commander,” he wrote of his battle experiences in Europe. The book became a popular item at West Point as well as at other military academies.
“A 1942 graduate of Presbyterian College, where he was in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), he received his diploma and a commission in the Army at graduation. He wrote, or helped to write, more than a half-dozen books, including three Army histories of World War II. He commanded a rifle company in the last major offensives on the Western Front, and later wrote “A Time For Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge.” He joined the military history section in 1948 and retired as Deputy Chief Historian in 1980. During his career he was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and five Battle Stars.
His private memorial in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery reads:
“I am not the hero of my story – Company Commander.
Born: November 23, 1922 – Died: December 4, 1990”
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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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