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Medal of Honor recipient speaks at event honoring vets
Riverside Military Academy President Col. James H. Benson, left, meets with Command Sgt. Maj Robert M. Patterson, a Medal of Honor winner. - photo by For The Times

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert M. Patterson, U.S. Army, addressed Riverside Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets as the distinguished guest speaker April 14. Representatives from Gainesville’s Paul E. Bolding American Legion Post 7 and members of Leadership Hall County 2015-16 also attended the Academy’s Norman P. Blake Family Distinguished Speaker Series.

Patterson was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1969 for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” during the Vietnam War.

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