Born on March 4, 1949 in Front Royal, Virginia, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving in the Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, December 21, 1967.
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as squad leader with Company D, in connection with operations against a hostile enemy. Under attack by superior enemy forces, he maneuvered his men to a safer position, but heavy machine gun fire rendered casualties on his unit. Fearlessly he led an attack against the enemy machine gun emplacement, firing his rifle and throwing hand grenades, until he was struck by enemy fire and knocked to the ground. Gravely wounded and weak from loss of blood, he rose and commenced a one-man attack which resulted in the destruction of the machine gun emplacement, was struck in the chest by enemy fire and fell mortally wounded. His inspiring and courageous actions, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty in the face of certain death were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. Gallantly he gave his life for his country.”
His body was returned to the United States and, following full military honors, it was buried in Section 31 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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