From a contemporary press report:
Died on Sunday, May 3, 1998, in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. He Resided in the Washington, DC area since 1958. He was the husband of the late Crescenciana C. Sarmiento. He is survived by sons, Pedro David, Rafael, Vicente G., Anthony R. and Pedro Jr.; daughters, Maria Bandong and Maria S.; nine grandchildren, Minda, Andre, John, Angela, Lydia, Reny, Christina, Jacqueline and Diana; and five great-grandchildren.
He was a soldier for 32 years, including service as a Philippine Scout, and P.O.W. Later worked at Sears, Roebuck and the Uptown Citizen. He served as Commander of General Vicente Lim Post 5471 VFW. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 6001 Western Ave., NW, Washington, DC at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, 1998. Friends are invited to meet at the Administration Building, Arlington National Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15 to attend Graveside Services with Full Military Honors at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PLAN of Maryland-DC (Planned Lifetime Assistance Network, an organization for families of adults with disabilities), 912 Thayer Ave., Suite 303, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or The Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, c/o First Lt. Joe Aquino, USA (Ret.), 14 Clara Ave., San Francisco, CA 94080.
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