Collection # MS-021
Patrick Olen Patterson GMA Uniform Collection,
Main Entry: Wendy Patterson Ott
Patrick Olen Patterson (1921-1964 ) was born on November 12, 1921
in Smyrna, GA. He entered the fifth grade at Georgia Military
Academy in September, 1931 at age 9 and was withdrawn in December,
1932. Patterson attended GMA under the name Seale Harris Patterson,
Jr. This story is that his birth certificate was lost and he renamed
himself, Patrick Olen Patterson. An uncle, James Daniels, who
was also a judge, made the name change legal. Patterson moved
with his mother to Indianapolis about 1932. He graduated from
Arsenal Technical High School where he developed special interest
in journalism and photography. During World War II he served in
the U.S. Navy as an airplane radar specialist and was stationed
in Panama, Norfolk, VA, and Traverse City, MI. In Michigan he
met his future wife who was finishing a degree in education. They
were married in Indianapolis in July, 1945 and eventually had
four children. In the early 1950s, Patterson started his own business,
Patterson Sheet Fabricators, in Indianapolis. His journalistic
interest continued as he compiled a monthly newsletter for that
particular industry for several years.
Patterson’s uniform collection was donated to the archives
in December, 2000, by his daughter Wendy Patterson Ott of Indiana.
Scope and Content:
The collection consists of 3 pieces of uniform used by Patterson
as a fifth grade GMA cadet, 1931-1932. The artifacts include one
dress gray jacket, one pair of trousers, and one cap.
Of special interest, the collection also includes a pair of blue
U.S. Navy trousers and a blue jacket worn by Patterson during
World War II.
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