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Collection # MS-021

Patrick Olen Patterson GMA Uniform Collection, 1931-1932


Main Entry: Wendy Patterson Ott
5 Items

Biographical/Historical Note:
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 He entered the fifth grade at Georgia Military Academy in September, 1931 at age 9 and was withdrawn in December, 1932.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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