Joseph Hester Patterson – Lieutenant (jg), United States Navy

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Joseph Hester Patterson was born in Oklahoma on 15 August 1912.

After graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1936, he served for nearly two years in the heavy cruiser USS Louisville (CA-28) before receiving submarine instruction.

Assigned to the new submarine USS Squalus (SS-192), he lost his life when she accidently sank on 23 May 1939.

Ensign Patterson was promoted posthumously to the rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade).


Joseph Hester Patterson
Rank/Rate Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Birth Date August 15, 1912
From Oklahoma
Submarine USS Squalus (SS-192)
Loss Date May 23, 1939
Location Off New England Coast
Circumstances Accidentally sank when flooded through main induction valve.

jhpatterson-us-navy-photo-01Photograph taken 13 October 1937, while he was serving in USS Louisville (CA-28)

PATTERSON, JOSEPH HESTER
LT JG US NAVY

  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
  • DATE OF DEATH: 05/23/1939
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 09/19/1939
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 9  SITE 5969ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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