|By Gary L. Kehoe (Gary) on Monday, April 12, 2021 - 11:48 am: Edit|
Rest in peace Sergeants Major. I enjoyed working with and being mentored by you in CID and post CID retirement when you worked for the OPMG Physical Security Branch.
|By Thomas Grass (Tgrass1707) on Sunday, September 06, 2020 - 01:19 am: Edit|
I first met Dick in 1978 at Yongsan District when assigned to the Black Market team. I learned all about Black Market investigations from Dick who was an expert in the craft. We became best of friends and sometimes sneaked away from the office to go to the NCO Club to play the pinball machines. Yongsan was the best CID assignment in my CID career. I was blessed in having met and worked with some of the best agents in CID. It was a "Dream Team" and an "All Star" team, Dick Patrick, Bob Parrotte, Gary Light, Phil Tackett, Tom Green, Phil McGuire, Pauline McGuire, Vic Deavers, Tex Dehart, Skip Lambert and the list goes on and on as mentioned by the best Chief that I have ever worked for in Ray Kangas. I was again re-united with Dick in 1981 at Fort Bliss District. After my retirement in 1986 I had lost contact with Dick and found him again on Facebook in March 2012. We caught up with events in our lives, exchanged photos and made plans to visit with each other. Shortly thereafter I was contacted by his son Ricky and given the terrible and devastating news that my dear friend Dick has passed. I will truly miss him as will everyone who ever knew him. Rest in Peace my dear friend.
|By Fred E. McKee (Unregistered Guest) on Saturday, May 05, 2012 - 11:13 pm: Edit|
I had the honor of serving with Dick at Ft Bliss, TX in the early 80's and later crossed paths in Korea. What a great guy & friend. So sad to hear of his passing. He was one of those Agents I will never forget. RIP my friend.
|By nprice (Unregistered Guest) on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 12:47 pm: Edit|
I was sadended as well when I heard of his passing. As I recall, I first met him when I was at Cp Humphreys and he was at Yong Son. Then again when I was at Yong Son when I was CIS. When I got to the HQS, he was my SGM in Operations. Best SGM I knew in CID!
I never saw nor heard anything but the best of him. He was professional in a way that set the standard for those of us who knew him, or any who knew of him. Truely a great CID agent, soldier, and man.
I pray that God will be with his family in their loss, giving them all the comfort they will need.
Dick posted a poem several years ago. It was also on his Info at the viewing. It obviously meant a lot to him. I think I am correct that he would like to see it here for a remberance to him, so if the software can take such a long post, it will be below.
Goodbye old friend.
Everytime we lose one of our own I like to go back and read this poem. I think it can be read at most funerals.
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.
He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
It's so easy to forget them,
For it is so many times
That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,
Went to battle, but we know,
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a Soldier--
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."
|By Charles Allgood (Chuckoig) on Monday, April 02, 2012 - 01:10 am: Edit|
I am very sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I first met Dick around the end of 1989 or early 1990 at Hqs, USACIDC. Dick was a very professional CID Agent and also as a Physical Security specialist for the PM Shop in Washington, DC.
After our retirement from CID I would often see Dick during our bus commutes from Woodbridge, VA to the Pentagon. Dick was always a gentleman and treated everyone with much respect.
RIP my friend! You left us far to early and you will be missed by all of us. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
|By Ray Kangas (Cw5retray) on Friday, March 30, 2012 - 09:50 pm: Edit|
Thank you, Jerry.
|By Jerold J. Unruh (Jerry_unruh) on Friday, March 30, 2012 - 04:47 pm: Edit|
I was able to attend Dick's funeral service and burial today. The Priest took the time to speak to family and emphasized that Dick was a great man and patriot who served well and faithfully, and that he would live on in his children and grandchildren. He told a funny story about Dick – Dick loved to fish and enjoyed smoking and fishing at the same time. On one occasion, Dick caught a fish but fell into the water -- he still managed to keep his cigarette dry! The burial was with full Military Honors and the Honor Guard did it right! I have gone to too many funerals of old comrades but the firing squad, taps, and the piping of Amazing Grace still send chills up my spine and brings tears to my eyes. There was a good turnout of MP/CID comrades to say goodbye to our friend and comrade in arms Dick Patrick. Rest in peace my friend! I look forward to seeing you in Heaven when my time comes!
|By Aaron Foster (Unregistered Guest) on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 06:08 pm: Edit|
What a tragedy. I was in CID school with Dick and then at BK RA while Dick was at Ktown District. A super nice, to the point, great guy and agent. My condolences to the Patrick family.
|By Bob Busby (Bob_busby) on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 08:07 am: Edit|
Another Special Agent leaves us...
SGM RICHARD M. PATRICK "Dick"
U.S. Army (Ret.)
Of Triangle, Virginia died at home on March 22, 2012. He was born on September 5, 1947 to the late Vincent J. and Ann M. Patrick in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1965 and entered the Army on December 1, 1966. SGM Patrick retired from the Army in 1989 and, again, as an Army Civilian in 2011. Following his military retirement, Mr. Patrick worked in the Office of the Provost Marshal General as a Physical Security Specialist for 21 years. He served in the Army for 23 years, seven years as a Military Police Officer and 16 years as a Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Special Agent. His major assignments included: Special Agent in Charge, Inchon, Korea; General Crimes Team Chief, Fort Bliss, TX; First Sergeant, Kaiserslautern (Germany) District; Operations Sergeant Major, Headquarters, USACIDC; Acting Branch Chief, Physical Security Branch, HQDA. Mr. Patrick's military awards include the Legion of Merit (LOM); the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters); and the Army Achievement Medal. His Department of the Army Civilian awards included the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (LOM equivalent); the Superior Civilian Service Award; and several Quality Step Increase Awards for Outstanding Performance. Dick enjoyed bass fishing, watching his grandchildren play sports, spending time with his family and friends, watching classic western and military movies, and cheering for his favorite sports teams, the NY Yankees, NY Giants, Notre Dame and Army football. Preceded in death by his parents, Dick is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Michelle; his daughter Tamara (Cyrus, Jr.) Scott of Woodbridge, VA; daughter Sharon Patrick of Montclair, VA; son Ricky (Lydia) Patrick of Potomac Falls, VA; six grandchildren, Lauren and Erich Topper, Connor and Ian Scott, Zoey and Waverly Patrick; brother Ronald (Patricia) Patrick of Poland, OH; nephew Christopher (Lindsey) Patrick and great-nephew Zander; niece and goddaughter Mollie Patrick; his beloved aunt Mary Komsa; cousins Jeanie Del Signore, Jackie Komsa, Bonnie (James) Hamrock; and numerous extended family members. Visitation will be at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, VA from 6 to 8 p.m., March 29, 2012 with a mass celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi in Triangle, VA at 10:30 a.m., March 30, 2012 followed by a full military honors burial service in Quantico National Cemetery at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the USO.
|By John E. Henderson (John_henderson) on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:01 pm: Edit|
I never worked with Dick in CID but we were both Staff Sergeants in the 57th MP Co, West Point 69 -71. He was one of the sharpest MPs I ever worked with, both physically and mentally. I'm sorry to say that I last saw him at Merl Kuhlman's funeral in 2000. Rest In Peace Dick.
|By Padre Squyres (Unregistered Guest) on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 10:04 am: Edit|
I was sorry to hear of Dick Patrick's passing. I first met him in Korea. Our paths crossed several times over the years. It was always good to see him. Rest in Peace, old friend.
|By Phil McGuire (Phil) on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 07:23 pm: Edit|
Professional, world-class, and All Star-- that pretty much gives you an idea of the man. But he also had a great humanity and was truly one on the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. You left much too soon buddy.
|By Philip W. Lindley (Phil_lindley) on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 07:29 am: Edit|
RIP my friend.
I first met Dick at the end of my Korea tour in '76. Dick was a strong supporter of the CIDAA and he signed me up. 36 years later I am saddened to learn of his demise. When I was over at DoDIG, Dick and I worked for the last time on a matter. He was professional in everything he did, and a great friend. Rest easy, Sergeant Major.
|By Dietzel Morris Miller (Dick_miller) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 09:49 pm: Edit|
Dick was one of a kind. He was an excellent Special Agent, had a great reputation both professionally and personally. Dick was the first CID SA I saw when I reported to Korea in 1977 and have been associated with him through out our careers and for the last 20 years as a personal friend. My condolence go out to his family. Dick, you went home too soon, RIP.
|By Ray Kangas (Cw5retray) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 06:53 pm: Edit|
As Jerry said, Dick was a member of an "All Star" Team at Yongsan (Unruh, Tackett, Phil McGuire, Gary Light, Vic Deavers, Skip Lambert, Bob Parrotte, et al.) Dick was a vital member of our team because he had a tendency to "tell it like it is". Dick wasn't pretty and tact might not have been his strong suit, but he sure was GOOD. I didn't know he had risen to the top of the civilian ranks but I am not at all surprised. Well done, Dick, you left us way too soon!
|By John Brown (John_brown) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 04:40 pm: Edit|
WOW. Another good man gone before his time. He and I ran the halls of the HQ in 86-87. I couldn't take it and escaped to 3d Region but Dick hung around there until he retired and then became a Beltway Bandit. Sold him a bassboat once. REst in peace my friend. My sincere condolences to his family.
|By Jerold J. Unruh (Jerry_unruh) on Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 09:43 am: Edit|
What a tremendous loss for the entire CID/MP family, as well as a personal loss for those of us who knew him personally. Dick was my mentor and trainer when I joined the Blackmarket Team at Yongsan in 1977. I didn't see him often after our time at Yongsan District but each time I did was a pleasure! He was a great man, true friend, and world-class CID SA. I'll miss him and my thoughts and prayers will be with his family.
|By Charles A. McNichols (Samcn0696) on Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 10:37 pm: Edit|
Yet, another sad loss for the CID "family." I, too, am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I had the honor of knowing and working with Dick for several years, both active duty [AD] and when we continued to serve following AD retirement. Rest in peace and may God be with you and your loving family.
|By Ralph J. Blevins (Cidralph) on Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 08:19 pm: Edit|
OMG. I am so sorry to here of Dick's passing. I just had email contact with him last week regarding a dinner and he said he would not be making it because he had become ill. My condolences to his family and may God Bless him and his family. Ralph
|By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 02:46 pm: Edit|
SGM Richard "Dick" Patrick passed away on 22 March 2012. Additional information will be noted if and when a published obituary becomes available.