Patch, Lloyd Edwin.

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Patch, Lloyd Edwin, born 08-10-1916 in Brockton, Massachusetts, to William E. and Mildred Patch. He also had three sisters (Betty, Evelyn, and Pamela) and a brother (William). He enlisted in the United States Army from Massachusetts and would serve in three wars (World War II, Korea, and Vietnam). Lloyd married a girl named Sarah which ended in divorce in 1978. During their marriage they had three children (William, Nancy, and Marsha).

The actions of Captain Lloyd Edwin Patch (HQ, 1st BN, 506th PIR) on D-Day are described in the official document, Regimental Unit Study Number 3: 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment In Normandy Drop, including his taking over 1st Battalion, 506th PIR “Easy Company” command after the wounding of Major Franklin E. Foster, who had taken over 1st BN command after the 1st BN CO, Lieutenant Colonel William Leroy “Billy” Turner (DSC) was killed.07-06-1944, age 44 in Vierville.

Lieutenant Colonel Patch was given command of the 3rd Battalion, 506th PIR for Bastogne and Germany, taking over from Captain Robert F. Harwick, who took over 3rd Battalion command in Holland after Major Oliver Martin Horton  was killed.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 09-07-1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Infantry) Lloyd Edwin Patch (ASN: 0-364576), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, under command of Lieutenant Thomas Meehan, . in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Lieutenant Meehan’s plane crashed with every one  on board. Captain Patch assembled a group of sixty parachutists from a number of different regiments into an organized fighting unit and led them in an attack against Ste Marine Du Mont. Encountering heavy enemy resistance in the form of a battery of 105-mm. guns, he led successful assaults against these gun positions. As he moved closer to Ste Marine Du Mont extremely intense enemy automatic weapons fire halted the advance. Captain Patch then directed his men back to the captured enemy gun positions, reversed the guns and placed short range direct artillery fire on the enemy positions in the town. This fire was so effective that it completely disorganized the enemy and made possible the capture of the town. The courage and outstanding leadership displayed by Captain Patch exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division , and the United States Army..

Captain (Infantry) Lloyd Edwin Patch, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 101st Airborne Division during World War II.

Death and burial ground of Patch, Lloyd Edwin.

Lloyd Edwin Patch survived the war and died on 06-12-1985 in Volusia County, Florida at the age of 69. He was buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

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