11 November 2010

Veteran's Day - 11 November 2010 - My Father

In honor of today's Veteran's Day, I would like to share some data on my father and his brother.  William G. Pattison and brother, Clyde Stuart Pattison, were reared in a family that was very proud to be "An American Family."  Bill and Clyde shared a Civil War ancestor, William S. Pattison, a War of 1812 ancestor, John Tarr, and several Revolutionary War ancestors, Samuel Culbertson, SR., Colonel Robert Culbertson, Robert Culbertson, John Lindsay, and Nathaniel Irish, JR. Dad was very proud to have served his country during WWII or as he called it - the Big One!  His brother Clyde carried the scars of bullet holes in his leg as his war trophies.  When the two got together, Uncle Clyde was the more vocal about his war experiences, but Dad, although often overlooked and perhaps under-appreciated by his own parents, represented the quiet man who did his duty, never complained, and represented himself well both on and off the field of battle.  Such is the man to be honored today.

My Father, William George Pattison

Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Mahoning Co, OH, 28 June 1944 

Pvt Pattison Wounded in Invasion Battle Niles, OH - Clyde S. Pattison, aged 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Pattison, 512 John St, is believed to be the first invasion casualty from Niles. A ranger, he was wounded while serving with the infantry in France, his parents have been notified. In a subsequent letter to his parents this week said, “I got more of them than I have holes in me.” A graduate of McKinley High School, he is a former football star. He enlisted in June 1942. A brother, Sgt. William Pattison, is stationed in Ireland.

1 comment:

Lovebug Creations said...

What a great man William Pattison was and I'm proud to call him grandpa! I wish he was still around telling stories of him and his brother. What a pair they were! Thank you Grandpa - From the bottom of my heart!