Gary Lee PattersonSergeant
A CO, 3RD BN, 21ST INFANTRY, 196 INF BDE
Army of the United States
22 May 1945 - 24 May 1968
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The database page for Gary Lee Patterson
Gary, you were my childhood friend. I remember us in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and school. We stayed a week at Deer Lake together during Summer Vacation when we were both in Junior High. We even sang in the choir together in Brighton Presbyterian Church. We ended up going to different High Schools when my parents moved. Then I joined the Navy and got to Vietnam first with the Mobile Riverine Force, but I came home alive. You didn't and I miss you, my friend.
I talked with your father at Troop 218's 25th reunion. He was a good man and always kind to me. Both of our fathers must be with you now. I'll see you again soon enough.
From a friend and fellow Scout,
A Note from The Virtual WallAlpha Company, 3/21st Infantry, lost two men on 24 May 1968: SGT Gary L. Patterson and SP4 Larry R. McFaddin of Paintsville, Kentucky.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Apr 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009