George Nick Patronas

Mr. Patronas served during the Korean War.

He served in the U.S. Army from June 1954 until June 1956.

He was assigned to the Signal Depot in Sacramento, California.

He was a Staff Sergeant.

He was born on December 5, 1931, in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Nick Stratos Patronas and Vasilikie (Kitsakie) Patronas.

He died on December 18, 1990, in Duluth, Minnesota.

- Good Conduct Medal
- Soldier of the Month, 1955

Source: Veterans’ Memorial Hall Information Sheet, completed by widow Patricia Patronas-Swor

The following information was also included on the Information Sheet:

“It was very rare for a drafted soldier to be ranked higher than a corporal. George was a dedicated soldier, making sergeant, and was selected as “Soldier of the Month” over lieutenants and colonels. He was honored by a Dress Parade, with the generals in attendance. He had a private audience with the then Governor of California, Goodwin Knight. Since he was married, he missed out on a date with ‘Miss California.’ We went out to dinner at the Capital Inn, and he was given a Savings Bond.
“When he ‘mustered out’ because he was a sergeant, all moving expenses for belongings and travel expenses were paid by the government.”

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