The grandson of Lieutenant General Nelson Appleton Miles and the son of Sherman and Yulee Noble Miles.
He was buried on February 17, 1977 in the Miles Mausoleum in Section 3 of 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.