From contemporary news reports:
“The Navy Admiral who played an important role in negotiations that led to the exchange of wounded and ill Korean War prisoners and to the end of the war itself, died on November 23, 1992 at North Beach Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he lived. He was 93 years old and died of complications of pneumonia and heart problems.
“He was a career Naval officer and served with the United Nations Command during the Korean War and became one of the truce negotiators whose efforts led to the signing of an armistice agreement at Panmunjom, July 27, 1953. In April of that year it was he, as head of a body valled the Allied Liaison Group, who put his signature to a document by which the U.S. and North Korean negotiators agreed to the repatriation of disabled prisoners.
“He later served as Commander of the Atlantic Fleet and as Commandant of the 6th Naval District, based in Charleston, South Carolina. He was born in Philadelphia, November 1, 1899, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1924. He served his first tour of duty on a destroyer. In World War II he fought in major engagements like the Battle of Midway, where U.S. forces destroyed three Japanese aircraft carriers, thereby essentially crippling the Japanese navy. In September 1945, he was present at the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. He retired from the Navy in 1960.
He died on November 23, 1992 and was buried in Section 60 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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