Born at Leavenworth, Kansas, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving in the Philippine Insurrection with Troop B, 6th United States Volunteer Cavalry at Patian Island, Philippines, on July 2, 1909.
He died at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on December 19, 1938 and was buried in Section 20 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Troop B, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Patian Island, Philippine Islands, 2 July 1909. Entered service at: Leavenworth, Kansas. Birth: Leavenworth, Kansas. Date of issue: Unknown.
While in action against hostile Moros, voluntarily advanced alone, in the face of a heavy fire, to within about 15 yards of the hostile position and refastened to a tree a block and tackle used in checking the recoil of a mountain gun.
- M/SGT HDQRS TROOP 6TH CAV USA RET
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 12/19/1938
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 12/23/1938
- BURIED AT: SECTION ENL SITE 50042
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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