He was a World War II prisoner of war who died in the Washington area where he was imprisioned. He is buried in Section 15 of Arlington National Cemetery, near the graves of another italian POW, Mario Batista, and a German POW, Anton Hilbreath.
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.