Patrick A. Patterson

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Patrick Arthur Patterson was born in Houston, Texas, when his parents were living in nearby Sugarland.  Patterson received his B. A and M. Ed degrees from Elmira College, Elmira, NY.  He had a twenty-five-year career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI].  While an FBI Agent he served in various locations in the U. S. and abroad working complex criminal and intelligence investigations.  When he retired, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service of the FBI.  After his 2005 retirement he and his wife moved to Boerne, Texas.  His life-long interest in history matches well with his life-long genealogical pursuits.  When Patterson moved to Boerne, he found much had been written about the Kendall family which had immigrated to Boerne shortly after Texas’s independence from Mexico, but little was published concerning the exploits of their youngest son Henry Fletcher Kendall.  Kendall’s activities with the U. S. Cavalry in southwest Texas and Arizona could have been a model for John Wayne’s hard-bitten characters found in John Ford’s cinematic cavalry trilogy, Ft. Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Rio Grande.  Patterson felt compelled to document Kendall’s unsung life in the U. S. Cavalry. 

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Kendall, Henry Fletcher [Hank] Author

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