Born at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, May 29, 1875, he graduated from the Pennsylvania Miltiary College in 1897, from the Army Staff School, 1920, the Army War College in 1921 and the Army Industrial College, 1926. He married Margaret Lisle Halley, April 25, 1912 (deceased 1932) and married a second time to Betty Guinn, March 17, 1942.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, July 9, 1898, and advanced through the grades to Major General, July 1, 1931. He served as Chief of Staff, Hawaiian Division, 1921-25; Director, Army Industrial College, 1926-30; Executive to the Assistant Secretary of War, 1931; Chief Signal Officer, July 1, 1931-December 31, 1934 and retired from the Army on December 31, 1934.
He served in the Philippines, 1899-1902 and 1903-05 and 1909-11; with the Punitive Expedition to Mexico, 1914; Signal Officer with the 2nd Division, IV Corps and 3rd Army in France during World War I. He received the Silver Star for gallantry against insurgents at Magalang, Luzon, Philippines, 1899 and a Meritorious Service Citation from the Commanding General of the American Expeditionary Forces, for service as Chief Signal Officer, and the Purple Heart.
He died on June 12, 1963 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
His first wife, Margaret Lile Halley (September 30, 1886-June 19, 1932), and his second wife, Betty Guinn Carr (November 12, 1915-October 4, 1966), are buried with him.
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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