ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) – A local veteran has been honored with the highest award a civilian can receive from Congress.
William Patterson was a member of the Office of Strategic Services during World War Two, a group that would be critical in helping the United States win the war.
On Wednesday, at his office in Rogers, Third District Rep. Steve Womack hosted Patterson and other veterans that served in WWII and Vietnam.
Patterson was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts in the O.S.S., a group that was the forefront for agencies like the CIA and U.S. Special Operations.
“We were expected to be in the service and we did what we had to do, that was it,” said Patterson.
“He was based in Asia and did a lot of pretty unique work for the time in support of our nation’s defense and today we gathered the family, son and daughter and recognized him with this Congressional Gold Medal,” said Rep. Womack, (R-AR).
Patterson is one of the few left who worked in the O.S.S.
The 98-year-old Bentonville native says he’s proud to receive the honor for doing his duty during WWII.