Edwin D. Patrick
|Edwin Davies Patrick|
Edwin Patrick as captain with the 14th machine gun Bn. in December 1918
|Born||January 11, 1894|
Tell City, Indiana
|Died||March 15, 1945 (aged 51)|
near Montalban, Luzon
|Place of burial||Greenwood Cemetery, Tell City Indiana|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1915-1945|
|Unit||14th Machine Gun Battalion |
15th Infantry Regiment
|Commands held||6th Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross|
Distinguished Service Medal
He was born January 11, 1894 in Tell City Perry County, Indiana, was the son of John Thomas Patrick and Anna Elnore Menninger, sister of Carl Frederick Menninger, founder of the Menninger Clinic. Patrick was raised in Tell City, Indiana, and was commissioned in the Indiana National Guard in 1915, following his graduation from college. He never joined the United States Military Academy and became 2nd Lt. with the National Guard in 1917 instead.
World War II
During World War II, Patrick served on the staff of Admiral William Halsey for a brief period and then became Chief of Staff of general Walter Krueger's 6th Army. He was the commander of the task forces in the battles of Wakde and Noemfoor. Afterwards, he was given command of the 6th Infantry Division.
During the Philippines campaign of 1944-45 Patrick inspected troops east of Manila on March 14. A japanese soldier, who had remained in hiding behind the lines, opened fire from 75 yd (69 m) with a machinegun, mortally wounding Patrick, who died the next day.
Edwin Patrick was one of only three American division commanders to die in combat action in World War II. Patrick was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. A Navy transport ship, USNS General Edwin D. Patrick (T-AP-124), was named in his honor.
- Cornebise, Alfred Emile (2015). The United States Army in China, 1900–1938: A History of the 9th, 14th, 15thand 31st regiments in the East. NC: Mcfarland& Company Inc. p. 175. ISBN 9780786497706.
- Heefner, Wilson A. (1995). Twentieth Century Warrior: The Life and Service of Major General Edwin D. Patrick. Nebraska: Shippensburg. ISBN 0-942597-81-8.
- The Michigan Alumnus, Vol. LI, 7. October 1944 - 22 September 1945 , Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, page 359
- "Sixth Infantry Division in World War Ii, 1939-1945", 1983, Battery Press Inc, ISBN 0898390737, page 114
- Walter Krueger:"From Down Under To Nippon: The Story Of Sixth Army In World War II", 1989, Battery Press Inc, ISBN 978-0898391251, Chapter 30
- Edwin D. Patrick on findagrave.com