Special veterans escort planned for Medal of Honor recipient visit to Rock Hill on Wednesday


Bob Patterson, one of just 79 living Medal of Honor recipients in America, will be escorted by dozens of veterans on motorcycles Wednesday during a visit to Rock Hill.

The 67-year-old Patterson, who lives in Florida and was born in Durham, N.C., was awarded the nation’s highest military honor for heroism in combat while he served in the Army in Vietnam. He is active in education and outreach activities connected with the Medal of Honor group that promotes patriotism, service, citizenship and other civic values.

Patterson will stop at Springs Creative in Rock Hill. Tommy Pruitt of Springs Creative is chairman for an event to be held in Charlotte, Oct. 15 to 19, that will bring together many of the living Medal of Honor recipients to promote the Medal of Honor foundation, a character development classroom program, and other activities.

Members of Rock Hill’s Rolling Thunder veterans advocacy group, as well as other veterans and officers from the Rock Hill Police Department will escort Patterson from Springs Creative at the Cotton Factory on White Street to the American Legion Post 34 on Heckle Boulevard. The ride is expected to start at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“To have a Medal of Honor recipient in Rock Hill is a great honor for all veterans and we want to treat Mr. Patterson right,” said Vietnam War veteran Al Guest of Rolling Thunder.

The legion is hosting a meet and greet with Patterson and a dinner afterward.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065