Patterson award to be presented on Ft. Benning

Press Release

FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Second Lt. Kyle Soler, who has deployed multiple times to Iraq, will be the recipient of the Patterson Award March 25 at 6 p.m.

The Patterson Award honors the most distinguished Officer Candidate School graduate from the Infantry Branch.

Soler was born in San Francisco, and attended Willamette University in Salem, Ore., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.  Soler is currently assigned to the 1st Squad, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Brigade Combat Team in Schweinfurt, Germany.

The Patterson Award was established in 1952 by friends of Judge Robert P. Patterson, who set up a trust fund for the presentation on his behalf.

Patterson enlisted on October 21, 1915, in Company I, 7th infantry New York National Guard.  After several years, he was transferred to Headquarters Company, 306th Infantry in early 1918 and was assigned duty in France during World War I.  Because of his extraordinary heroism in action on August 14, 1918, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Source: Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs