Patterson, William Stevens, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Primary Unit
1943-1946, USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Patterson, William Stevens, LTJG.
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Home Town
Roanoke, VA
Last Address
Birmingham, AL

Date of Passing
Nov 26, 2014
Location of Interment
Evergreen Burial Park - Roanoke City, Virginia
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US Navy
  1943-1946, USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Majuro (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Cape Engano
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1946 Operation Magic Carpet (Pacific)
 Colleges Attended 
Roanoke CollegeVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  1939-1941, Roanoke College
  1941-1943, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 17, 1943, Commissioned as Ensign
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July 10, 1921 - November 26, 2014 William Stevens Patterson, formerly of Roanoke, Virginia, died at his home in Birmingham, Alabama, on November 26, 2014, after an extended illness. He was born in Roanoke, Virginia on July 10, 1921, to the late Nathalie Baker Patterson and Charles Bernard Patterson. He was married to the late Ora Elizabeth Leach Patterson on April 15, 1950.

Mr. Patterson graduated from Jefferson High School in Roanoke, Virginia, attended Roanoke College and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Option, in 1943. While attending V.P.I., he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. During World War II, he served honorably as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy aboard the Independence Class aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Belleau Wood (CVL-24) in the Pacific Theater, and was aboard that ship in Tokyo Harbor to witness the Japanese surrender ceremony. Following his military service, he worked as a civil engineer for U.S. Steel Company and later Ingalls Iron Works, retiring from Trinity Industries in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late 1980's.

Throughout his life he remained proud of his Naval service and the accomplishments of both of his daughters, and spoke fondly of his experiences as an Eagle Scout during his youth. At the time of his death he was a member of Shades Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

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