Dan Patrick Archibong was born on October 4, 1943. He was a Brigadier General and Military Governor of Cross River State from 1984 until 1986.
Archibong was admitted to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna in January 1964. He did not complete the course with his original class because of the crisis of 1966 so, he returned to the NDA after the war and was commissioned in August 1970.
Dan was later promoted to Colonel and was appointed Military Governor of Cross River State in 1984 following the coup in which General Muhammadu Buhari took power, and held the position until 1986.
After his promotion to a Brigadier, he became the Director of the Department of Joint Studies at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji from 16 January 1988 to 1 January 1990.
He passed away on 11 March 1990 due to a ghastly car accident on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He died as the principal staff officer to the Chief of General Staff.
Archibong is survived by his wife, six children and 12 grandchildren. Amanda Archibong, Michelle Adanna Ijomah, Daniel Archibong, Samantha-Louise Archibong, Ikechukwu John-Russell Ijomah (JR), Arthur-Javis Archibong (AJ), Toyosi Sanni, Toluwani Sanni, Jahkin Solomon, Owen Archibong, Nolan Solomon and Jules Marie Archibong.
The Patrick Dan Archibong Barracks was named after him, but later reverted to its location name. .