Born at Chicago, Illinois, January 23, 1875, he was a student at Beloit College Academy, 1891-93 and 1893-94; Stanford University, 1894-96; LLB, University of Iowa, 1897; admitted to the Iowa Bar, 1897 and was in general practice of law, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1897-1902; and in Des Moines, 1902-16.
He served as Captain, Infantry, Iowa, National Guard, 1912-17 and on the Mexican Border, 1916-17; as Major, Judge Advocate's Department, United States Army, 1920. He was promoted to Colonel in 1931 and retired from the Army in 1939.
He was decorated with the Mexican Border Service Medal, Victory Medal with Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector bars. He was the author of “The Story of the Little Big Horn,” 1926; “The Custer Myth,” 1953; “Abstract of the Reno Court of Inquiry,” 1954.
He died on October 8, 1954 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
GRAHAM, WILLIAM ALEXANDER
- DATE OF BIRTH: 01/23/1875
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/08/1954
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 4784-2
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