• Local boys treat Gen. Patrick to birthday experience
By Linda Green

The thumping and whooping made by the propellers were nostalgic sounds for a Thomson man given an unusual birthday gift.
Two Thomson boys, Michael Bowen, 11, and brother, Nathan, 10, wanted to give their mentor, Ret. Army General Dewayne Patrick something to make his 78th birthday special.
General Patrick developed a strong attachment to the boys during mentoring and map reading classes he has given them both as well as teaching them about leadership and talking about his time in Vietnam and his 31 years in the United States Army.
Bowen met Patrick at Thomson Presbyterian Church. In a story he wrote about the general, he said, after the meeting and learning about his military career, he found a kindred spirit.
“Given how much I love military history, I knew I had a friend for life,” Bowen stated. He added Patrick has taught him so much about leadership and the country’s history through his experiences in the Army.
Bowen said that as he and his family brainstormed about a birthday present for Patrick, he remembered taking a Huey helicopter ride during the Boshears Skyshow in Augusta, and that Patrick had flown Huey’s during his 31-year military career. The idea of a helicopter ride came together, he said.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, May 1, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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