May 15, 1944 — Tremesuoli, Italy
Private Cleaston A. Patterson
Co. K, 339th 'Polar Bear' Infantry Regiment
85th Infantry Division
Private Cleaston Patterson served in Company K of the 339th Infantry Regiment of the 85th Infantry Division. He trained with the division at Camp Shelby, MS and in Louisiana and California. His army buddies gave him the nick-name "Pat". The 85th Division departed for North Africa in December 1943 and eventually entered front lines in Italy on April 1944. The Spring Offensive began on May 11. Private Patterson was reported missing in action(MIA) on May 14, 1944. It wasn't until 11 months later that he was finally declared killed in action(KIA).