Submitted by Mary Beth Farrell-Kirkpatrick, his loving daughter.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 26, 1920, Colonel Farrell graduated from Boston University in 1942 and received his doctor of jurisprudence degree in 1953 from the University of Missouri Law School.
Colonel Farrell served in World War II during the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. Following the the war he taught military law at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. He then served in the Korean War, during which he rose to the level of Lieutenant Colonel and was later a student and faculty member at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
His military awards and decorations include four Silver Stars, a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, a Croix de Guerre with Gold Star, eight Campaign Medals, a Combat Infantryman's Badge with Star and a Parachutist's Badge.
Colonel Farrell was a member of the New York and Massachusetts bar associations, the federal bars, circuit and district courts. He was installed as a Knight of Malta of the Roman Catholic Church in 1985.
He died January 7, 1998 in Delaware and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on January 13, 1998. He is survived by four children; six grandchildren, one brother and one sister.
As his children, we want his legacy to live on… strength, courage, honesty and love. He gave it all to us along with great scruples. With so many of us who have access to the Internet.. this would be a fine tribute to a great man who gave so much to his country.
Combat Infantryman's Badge
FARRELL, EDWARD LEO Jr
LTC US ARMY
WORLD WAR II – KOREA
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/26/1920
DATE OF DEATH: 01/07/1998
BURIED AT: SECTION 67 SITE 1180
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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