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Of Palm Harbor, Florida, he died on November 30, 1997 at his home. He was born in Rutland, Vermont and came to Florida in 1979 from Falls Church, Virginia.
He served 21 years of active duty with the Army Corps of Engineers, was an Army veteran of World War II campaigns in Europe, earning five battle stars for Utah Beach, Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes, Rhineland and Germany. He was selected in 1951 to serve on General Eisenhower's staff in Paris when the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe was being formed. He was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. Before retiring in 1962, he had also served tours in the Pacific theatre and the US. He received several decorations and awards, including the Bronze Star Medal awarded during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in late 1944 and early 1945.
Following military retirement, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency and served 16 years with a CIA covert activity. For this, he was cited with a distinguished service award.
His memberships included the Retired Officers Association, the VFW, and the Countryside Country Club in Clearwater. He was a scuba diver, a golfer and enjoyed world-wide travel. He did extensive genealogical research for his Irish ancestry, tracing his forebearers back 200 years to their native roots in Ireland. He attended George Washington University and the University of Maryland.
Survivors include his wife, Nina of Palm Harbor; a son, Donald; a daughter, Carol S. Gall; two grandchildren and a sister, Jean. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 1997. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy should be directed to The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 E. Bay Dr., Largo, FL 33720.
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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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