Patrick, Edwin Daviess, MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 6th Infantry Division
Service Years
1917 - 1945


Major General

Eight Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tell City, IN
Last Address
Tell City, IN

Casualty Date
Mar 14, 1945
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Greenwood, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 French Fourragere

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
5th Infantry DivisionU.S. Army2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry RegimentInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
6th ArmyWestern Pacific Force158th Regimental Combat Team 6th Infantry Division
  1918-1919, 5th Infantry Division
  1926-1926, 15th Infantry Regiment Chinese Language Course
  1926-1929, 2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
  1929-1930, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1942-1943, 6th Army
  1942-1943, Western Pacific Force
  1944-1944, 158th Regimental Combat Team
  1944-1945, 6th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 Meuse-Argonne Campaign/Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Phase 1
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1941-1942 WWII - American Theater
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1942-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
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Last Known Activity

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting

Edwin Daviess Patrick


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edwin D. Patrick (0-490), Major General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 6th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 14 March 1945, in the Philippine Islands. Major General Patrick's inspiring leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 6th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Hq, Army Forces in the Far East, GO 53 1945

Edwin Daviess Patrick entered the Indiana National Guard 11 February 1915 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Infantry 21 March 1917.

duty in Kansas, California, Oklahoma, and North Carolina, he joined the 14th Machine Gun Battalion in France to participate in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives. CPT Patrick served as commander of A Co, 14th Machine Gun BN, 5ID, AEF.

Following his return to the United States
in July 1919, he was stationed at various posts until May 1926 when he went to Tientsin, China, to serve with the 15th Infantry. . He returned to the United States in July 1929 joining Marshall and Stilwell at the Infantry School at Fort Benning

Assigned to the Southwest Pacific in December 1942,
he was promoted to Brigadier General 26 April 1943, and in June was appointed Chief of Staff of the 6th Army. Appointed commander of a regimental combat team in May 1944, he participated in the conquest of New Guinea. He was the commander of the task forces in the battles of Wakde and Noemfoor.  In September he assumed command of the 6th Infantry and saw action in the Philippines.

In January 1945 he joined in the battle to liberate Luzon. Major General Patrick was mortally wounded by Japanese machine gun fire near Mountain Mataba, south of Montalban, Luzon, 14 March 1945. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. H
e was one of only three division commanders to die in combat action in World War II. The Navy transport ship, The SS General Edwin D. Patrick (AP-124), was named in his honor.

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