Submitted by his loving nephew, James Fedina.
He spent 32 years in the Army starting his military career in 1914 by joining the New Jersey National Guard.
He served with the 29th Division in France during WWI and was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart.
From 1919 until 1931 he was a civilian. He rejoined the Guard in 1931 until 1940 when the Guard was placed on active duty with the armed services until 1945. He was stationed in the U.S. for WWII.
In 1952 he was sent to Korea as a sergeant with the 91st M.P. He later was sent to Japan where he did public information work. Among his many medals and campaign ribbons, are the Purple Heart, the Mexican Border conflict and ribbons of the two world wars and Korea; the Good Conduct Medal and the Expert Rifleman's badge.
He is buried in Section 67 (Grave 611) of 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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