WWII war hero honored
Independent Photo || DOUG MORTIMER
HONORING PATRICK: Magistrates Pernell "Buck" Lemaster and Matthew Wireman, Representative John Blanton, Danny Adams, Albert Patrick and Judge-Executive Dr. Charles Hardin pose in front of the new sign on the courthouse.
SALYERSVILLE – A World War II war hero was honored on Sunday with the renaming of the courthouse and a Magoffin County road.
On Veterans Day, November 11, the community gathered in the cold weather to unveil the new name added to the Magoffin County Courthouse as the “Albert Patrick Building” and a sign renaming Rt. 1888 Old Burning Fork Road the “Albert Patrick Highway.”
After witnessing the first bombs being dropped on Pearl Harbor Military Base, 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.
Danny Adams spoke to the crowd, saying, “We thank the good Lord above for putting our warriors in places they needed to be, for it was their bravery and sacrifice that secured our freedom and liberty.”
Representative John Blanton explained that the gesture of renaming the road and building is small in comparison to what Patrick did for the country.
“As much as we honor Albert, we should thank Albert for allowing us to do this,” Magoffin County Judge-Executive Dr. Charles Hardin said. “Albert is not a man full of a great deal of talk. He tells you what he thinks and is a man of few words. For him to come out at almost 100 years in weather like this to honor us by being here is something we should never forget. Albert is allowing us to put his name on the county’s building and hopefully there will be people over the years that will come to see this rather unique individual.”
Hardin went on to say, “I doubt there’s a community in the United States that has a 100-year-old centurion who saw the first bombs dropped at Pearl Harbor with a Bronze Star.”
A second event is scheduled for Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. at the Magoffin County Gymnasium. This event will also celebrate Sgt. Patrick’s heroic actions during the Pearl Harbor attack and throughout the Pacific Theatre during WWII and his milestone 100th birthday.
Several state and local officials, veterans groups, high school students, teachers and staff and county administrative personnel, as well as Magoffin County Citizens will take part in the celebration.
Everyone is invited to come celebrate and honor a true American hero on his 100th birthday.
Patriotic red, white and blue will be the colors of the day.