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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Honoring Maj. Clifford L Patterson, JR

As a participant in D.Challener Roe's 2996 memorial to the 2996 victims of 9/11, I am honored to introduce my readers to Major Clifford L. Patterson, Jr of Alexandria, VA. Maj. Patterson was killed at the Pentagon, where he worked as budget officer for the Resource Management division. The Department of Defense reported a total of 125 service members, employees and contract workers died in the September 11 attack on the Pentagon building.

I didn't know Major Patterson. All that I know about him was gleaned from the many tributes to him written by coworkers, family, and friends on the various 9/11 Memorial sites. From my reading it was obvious that Maj. Patterson was much loved and respected by his fellow army buddies. He had friends back from the ROTC at Howard University who posted what an outstanding leader he was, what a great sense of honor he felt in participating in the Army ROTC whilst attending Howard as an honors student.

Other people conveyed the love he had for his wife Tamatha and his two young sons Cody and Leon. One such note was from a day care teacher who said that Maj. Patterson was a very friendly and talkative guy who loved to laugh and share funny stories about his kids. It was apparent that he was not only a great and supportive husband to his wife, who is also in the Army, but that he was an active participant in raising his boys.

Many of the tributes came from people who reported to Maj. Patterson in his various guises as an officer. One fellow wrote how he was from Florida and was freezing in the Kentucky cold (lucky he wasn't stationed in Alaska, huh?) when Maj. Patterson recommended that he drink a cup of coffee, and then afterwards to him to buck up. The soldier said he would never forget how caring Maj. Patterson was as he told him to stop whinging and get with the program.

The only photo I could find of Maj. Patterson was his official Army photo, but I wish I could have found more. I feel like I want to see that smile and hear that laugh that so many people had written about. But all I have is the official photo, and the official record of his life, which I've included below.

Maj. Patterson was a Distinguished Military Graduate from Howard University in 1991 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry. His assignments included Bradley platoon leader, Scout platoon leader and company executive officer for 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry, and Battalion S-4 for 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry; commander, Charlie and Headquarters companies, 1-502nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, KY. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Staff Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Southwest Asia Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Parachutist and Air Assault badges. He was assigned to the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of The Army at the Pentagon. He served in The Army for 11 years.

Maj. Patterson was the son of Clifford L Patterson of Wheaton, MD and Sandra W. Patterson of Silver Spring, MD. He was the brother of Renee Patterson of Laurel, MD., Tanya Patterson of Fairfax, VA., and Miranda Steele of Suitland, Md.

He was laid to rest in Section 64 of Arlington National Cemetary in the shadow of the Pentagon. Survivors include his wife, Capt. Tamatha Patterson, and sons Leon and Cody. We will not forget him.

To view additional memorials, go here for the complete list.

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Blogger Denzylle said...

Another blog I read daily is posting a link each day to one individual victim. The ones I have heard have been audio tapes of final moments. I'm pleased to see individuals being honored and remembered in any way, but the audiotapes seem intrusive and sensationist. Your tribute to this man is more dignified.

It's also good to see the Pentagon victims recognised, as most memorials tend to focus on the NYC victims.

I'd like to honor, by mentioning them, the 67 British victims of 9/11, and also the 52 (innocent) victims of the London bombing on 7/7/05.

[The (innocent) refers to the fact that 56 people died in total, including the bombers].

8/9/06 10:52 AM  
Blogger Moogie said...

Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Michelle sent me but I'm glad I came.

9/9/06 5:53 PM  
Blogger Im Chele In LA said...

What a wonderful wonderful thing you did..............
Over from the other Michele's

9/9/06 6:33 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

So sad was 9-11. So very sad.

Thank you for this tribute.

10/9/06 8:26 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

Very nice, Margalit :-)

It's so hard to write a tribute to someone you don't know....but you have done a fine job, my dear.


11/9/06 5:14 PM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

Wonderful Tribute!
Thank you.
These are heartbreaking stories and difficult to read....
I am honored to be a part of this project.
Mine is posted also...

Bless you...

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

12/9/06 7:15 PM  
Blogger space said...

awesome tribute. I just met his wife yesterday. I was her guide around our city for a dear friend and you are right this couple deserves to be known.

12/11/08 8:34 AM  

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