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The Patterson Room

The Patterson Award was established in 1952 by friends of Judge Robert P. Patterson, who set up a trust fund for the presentation on his behalf.

The award is presented by Mrs. Robert Patterson on her husband's birthday (12 February), to honor the most distinguished Infantry-branched graduate of the preceding year.

The award consists of a Certificate of Achievement from the Secretary of the Army, a monetary sum, an engraved 9mm pistol, an engraved "Follow Me" statue, and a letter of commendation signed by the Commandant of the Infantry School.

 View the Patterson Trophy
 View the Commemorative Plaque

Awardees by Year

Please note: Awardees are listed by OCS class year -- not by the date on which they received the award.


1952: Herbert Towle Perrin Jr.
1953: Robert John Geniesse
1954: Dandridge Michael Malone
1955: John Joyce Carter Herndon Jr.
1955: Robert Gordon Matheson
1957: James Jay Barber
1958: Harry Edward Warnberg
1959: William T. Bayha


1960: Howard Robert Mosley
1961: John Henry Hayes
1962: Albert George Scooler
1963: Robert Jay Baker
1964: Robert Lee Brandkamp Jr.
1965: Robert W. Kaszer
1966: Herbert Duffy Williams III
1967: Marco A. Cordon Jr.
1968: James S. Zieba
1969: Augustin R. Fabian


1970: Edmund L. Davis
1971: Charles O. Hershey
1972: Thomas L. Ferguson
1973: Gary D. Massano
1974: William G. Butler
1975: Christopher F. Burton
1976: John A. Damoth
1977: Thomas G. Foster IV
1978: James G. Thyne Jr.
1979: Richard K. Benner


1980: John S. Emmerson
1981: Billy M. Blackwell
1982: Jack B. Rogers
1983: Michael D. Hanley
1984: Arthur K. Hargrove
1985: Floyd Z. Light Jr.
1986: Brian Meade
1987: Michael J. Lipinski
1988: Dana J. Foley
1989: Douglas J. Morse


1990: Darren Lee McMahon
1991: William H. Hoy
1992: Mark A. Jackson
1993: David W. Whitmire
1994: Robert W. Kinder
1995: Jeffrey A. Saeli
1996: Patrick P. Stobbe
1997: Scott J. Malone, II
1998: Dennis W. Terry
1999: Kevin Burke

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The Patterson Room is made possible by the generous contributions of members of OCS Class 4-00.


Biography of Judge Patterson

Judge Robert P. Patterson was born in Glenn Falls, New York on February 12, 1891. He attended Union College in Scheacctady, New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1912 and went on to Harvard University where he received his Bachelor of Law in 1915.

Judge Patterson enlisted in the New York National Guard in 1915 and was mustered into federal service for border patrol duty on 26 June 1916 as a private. He was commissioned as a 2LT, Infantry Section, Officers Training Camp, Plattsburg Barracks, New York. This was the WWI equivalent of what is now known as Officer Candidate School.

Promoted to Captain in August 1917, he was transferred to the 306th Infantry in January of 1918. His unit left the US for service in France on 13 April 1918, where he served in the Baccarat, Vesle, and Foret-d' Argonne defensive sectors, and the Oise-Aisne and Meuse-Argonne Offensives. For extraordinary heroism in action on 14 August 1918, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. For Gallantry in action on 26 September 1918, he was again cited and awarded the Silver Star. He was also awarded the Purple Heart for bravery. Judge Paterson was promoted to Major in March 1919 and assigned to command the 2nd Battalion, 306th Infantry.

Judge Paterson returned to the US on 27 May 1919 and was honorably discharged from military service. In 1920, he married Margaret T. Winchester and they had four children. He practiced Law in New York City and served as a Judge of the US District Court and the US Circuit of Appeals of the Second Circuit. He was appointed the first Under Secretary of War upon creation of the post on 12 December 1940. On 18 September 1945 he was appointed Secretary of War.

Judge Paterson died in January 1952 in a plane crash at Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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