You're welcome. I sure wish information about why Edward received the Air Medal could be found.
Publication: Daily News
Location: New York, New York
Issue Date: Wednesday, January 23, 1952
Robert P. Patterson, one of those killed in yesterday's airliner crash in Elizabeth, was Secretary of War in President Truman's Cabinet from September, 1945, to July, 1947, when he resigned to resume private law practice.
Note: That card from the War Department stating, “It’s a pleasure for me to forward this decoration.”, auto-signed by Robert P. Patterson may’ve been for an award other than the Air Medal for Edward A. Maher as the Air Medal was awarded the 26th day of December, 1948. Robert P. Patterson only served as Secretary of War up until July 1947.