2nd Lt. Connell PatrickBorn: 1904; Died Feb. 23, 1945
Connell Patrick’s story is one of our most interesting and perplexing.
He was born in 1904 to Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Patrick and that is about all we can find out about his early years. We can deduce however, he was very smart and a young man of high character.
We know that because after attending local schools he was accepted as a cadet at one of America’s most prestigious institutions, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The curriculum there, then and now is heavily oriented toward engineering and that foundation was to stand him in good steed even though his time there was cut short. Patrick was forced to withdraw in his third year due to what must have been a severe flu infection.
After leaving West Point, Patrick used his engineering background to land a job building roads for the Georgia State Highway Department.
His engineering background and the skills he honed working for our state were always sorely needed by the Armed Services and Connell Patrick’s desire to serve his country was still strong.
Two years after leaving West Point, Patrick voluntarily joined the U.S. Army. Not surprisingly he was awarded his commission and assigned to the Corps of Engineering. During World War II he was assigned to the Middle Eastern theater of the fighting.
After serving his country faithfully from the outbreak of hostilities, shortly before the German Army surrendered, 2nd Lt. Connell Patrick was killed in action Feb. 23, 1945, while serving in Tunisia. His body is buried there.
A bronze plaque, sponsored by the John T. Newton family, is installed in Connell Patrick’s honor in downtown Griffin.
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