Full Name: JAMES PATRICK PROCTOR
Date of Birth: 4/10/1946
Date of Casualty: 8/1/1967
Home of Record: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG TRI
Pat and I hung around together in Washington, D.C., along with his other buddies,Mike Kane and Tom Jenkins.
He was a great friend, someone you could count on when you needed help or someone to listen to your problems. We used to go to burial ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery together never knowing that one day I would be going to his funeral. I think of him often.
The last time I saw Pat alive was just before he shipped out. He didn't want to be in the Ceremonial Guard Company anymore so he literally tore up 8th Street just so he could get transfered. He got his wish.
He also played football for the Corps, not sure where, but I think it was in Quantico, Virginia. His size and accent stood out the most. If you were in trouble and needed a backup, Pat was sure nice to have around. He was a big Dude!
We have reunions every 5 or so years back in D.C. but I've only been to one. I'd like to get back and see the Wall again. God be with you, Pat! Semper Fi!
Posted by: Bill Pazier
PROCTOR, JAMES PATRICK
- L/CPL USMC
- DATE OF BIRTH: 04/10/1946
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/01/1967
- BURIED AT: SECTION 31 SITE 6595-B
- 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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