A career Army officer, he was assigned to duty with the Government Section, General Headquarters, Supreme Commander, Allied Powers, Tokyo, Japan. He had served in World War I and World War II and in Korea. He landed with General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte in the retaking of the Philippines (“I Shall Return”). He was very highly decorated.
He died on March 21, 1969 and is buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery. His private memorial there reads:
Major General – United States Army
May 20, 1897 – March 21, 1969
Lawyer, Soldier, Author
General Whitney (left) with General Douglas MacArthur and General Almond (right)
Courtesy of the National Archives
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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