Born at Boynton, Virginia, June 11, 1850, he earned the Medal of Honor in the Indian Wars while serving as Sergeant, Company D, 9th U.S. Cavalry at Milk River, Colorado, October 2-5, 1879.
He died on January 31, 1904 and was buried in Section 23 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company D, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Milk River, Colorado, 2-5 October 1879. Entered service at:——. Birth: Boynton, Virginia. Date of issue: 22 September 1890.
Voluntarily left fortified shelter and under heavy fire at close range made the rounds of the pits to instruct the guards, fought his way to the creek and back to bring water to the wounded.
SGT US ARMY
DATE OF DEATH: 01/31/1904
BURIED AT: SECTION 23 SITE 16547
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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