Happy 101, Albert!
The Salyersville Independent would like to extend a very happy birthday to World War II and Pearl Harbor veteran Sergeant Albert Patrick, who turns 101 years old on Saturday, November 16.
After witnessing the first bombs being dropped on Pearl Harbor Military Base in 1941, Sergeant Patrick, who grew up on Burning Fork, was deployed with the Army’s Company H, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division in support of Tropic Lightning’s ferocious Fight on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
For this heroic service and bravery, Sgt. Patrick has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead and three Bronze Service Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.
In celebration of Patrick’s 100th birthday last year, the Magoffin County Courthouse was renamed “The Magoffin County Courthouse, Albert Patrick Building” and Route 1888 (Burning Fork) was given the name “Sgt. Albert Patrick Highway,” honoring the local war hero.
Patrick is a resident of the Salyersville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
For more about Patrick, including his anecdotes from Pearl Harbor and WWII, be sure to click here.