From a contemporary press report
provided by Judy Campbell, February 2000:
Army Captain Robert E. Hoy, 23, a 1963 graduate of Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, was killed in action on April 27, 1969, by enemy mortar fire in Vietnam.
Captain Hoy was commander of Company B, 69th Engineer Battalion, which was maintaining a communications line from the Saigon area to Cambodia for the 9th Infantry Division.
Born in Washington, Captain Hoy, was elected to a mathematics honor society at Wakefield. He previously attended Gunston Junior High School.
He was drafted after two years of studying industrial management in the engineering department of Carnegie Institute of Technology.
In 1967, he was a distinguished military graduate at the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. After serving as tactical officer for five engineer Officer Candidate School classes at Fort Belvoir, he was promoted to Captain. He left for Vietnam on April 3.
His father, Elvin A. Hoy, is senior program analyst in the office of management analysis for the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, and his mother, former head of the Wakefield mathematics department, now teaching at Marymount College in Arlington. They live at 1001 South 23rd Street in Arlington.
He also leaves his wife, the former Jennifer M. Apfel.
Services were held Monday at the Fort Myer Chapel, with burial in 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.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard