Born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1933, Patrick McRae Roddy graduated from Seattle University in 1955 and was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Syracuse University. From 1969 to 1970, he commanded the 79th Maintenance Battalion, the largest in South Vietnam, providing support to both the III and IV Corps Tactical Zones. He also organized and managed the withdrawal of the 9th Infantry Division from Vietnam. His plans and procedures served as a basis for subsequent redeployments.
As commander of the Combat Equipment Group Europe from 1975-1976, he reconfigured the storage concept for the Army's prepositioned material (POMCUS) and received praise from the Department of the Army Inspector General and the Government Accounting Office for his support for two Return of Forces to Europe (REFORGER) exercises.
While project manager from 1976 to 1977 for the Hawk Air Defense Missile System, he oversaw conversion to the Improved Hawk in the Army's active and reserve forces, as well as in thirteen foreign countries. He was instrumental in integrating the Hawk with the newer Patriot missile system to insure in-depth air defense for the battlefield, to include developing the ability to command and control Hawk units from a Patriot control center.
Final assignments included Deputy Commanding General, U. S. Army Missile Command, Director of Supply and Transportation at U. S. Army Material Command, and Director, Program Analyses and Evaluation (PA&E), Office of the Chief of Staff, Headquarters Department of the Army. As Director PA&E, he developed, produced, and defended the Army Program Objective Memorandum (POM). He also authored two pamphlets that served as tutorials for Army executives on the Department of Defense's Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS) and how the Army's POM fit into that system. Major General Roddy retired in March 1982.