Born at Syracuse, New York, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving as a Private, Company B, 33rd U.S. Infantry, at Vigan, Luzon, Philippine Islands during the insurrection there. The Medal was actually presented to him on October 1, 1902.
He died on December 23, 1918, and was buried in Section 7 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 33d Infantry, U.S. Volunteers. Place and date: At Vigan, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 4 December 1899. Entered service at: Detroit, Michigan. Birth: Syracuse, New York. Date of issue: 1 October 1902.
Fought for hours Iying between 2 dead comrades, notwithstanding his hat was pierced, his clothing plowed through by bullets, and his face cut and bruised by flying gravel.
1ST LT US ARMY
WORLD WAR I
DATE OF DEATH: 07/23/1918
BURIED AT: SECTION 7 SITE 8317
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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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