Edwin Davies Patrick, born 11 Jan 1894 in 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 fought in World War I and participated in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives.
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.
He was killed in action on 14 March 1945 during the Philippines campaign of 1944-45 while leading his men. He was one of only three 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.
Major General US ARMY
KILLED IN ACTION
LUZON, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
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