Born at Fredericstaft, Germany, April 2, 1879, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving at Hilongas, Philippines, during the Insurrection there, May 6, 1900.
He died on May 8, 1932 and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.
THORDSEN, WILLIAM GEORGE
Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 2 April 1879, Fredericstadt, Germany. Accredited to: New York. GO. No.: 6, 15 August 1900.
For heroism and gallantry under fire of the enemy at Hilongas, Philippine Islands, 6 May 1900.
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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