By Emily Morrow
John Patterson doesn’t consider himself a hero.
A tank technician in the U.S. Army, he drove with the 743rd Tank Battalion onto the sands of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on D-Day.
A Purple Heart recipient, he fought on the front lines of Europe in World War II. He was among the first American troops in Paris. He spent a winter in the Belgian Ardennes Mountains during the Battle of the Bulge.