Pfc Cody Patterson USA
A 24-year-old U.S. Army Ranger from Philomath was one of four soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday.
Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga., died of injuries sustained in the attack, according to the defense department. This was Patterson's second deployment to Afghanistan.
"Pfc. Cody Patterson was the poster child for the Ranger Regiment," said Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Ft. Benning, Ga., in a press release. "He was courageous and dedicated and lost his life while fighting tenaciously against our nation's enemies alongside his fellow Rangers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Patterson family."
The attack killed three other soldiers: Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and Special Agent Joseph M. Peters, 24, assigned to the 286th Military Police Detachment, 5th Military Police Battalion, Vicenza, Italy. Hawkins was from Carlisle, Penn., Moreno was from San Diego, and Peters was from Springfield, Mo.
Patterson graduated from Philomath High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 2012 and completed training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia, and graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program there last November.
Patterson's awards include the Parachutist Badge, the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge, and the National Defense Service Medal, the defense department said. He was posthumously awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart and NATO Medal.
Patterson leaves his mother, Nancy R. Wilson, of Corvallis; his father, Randy L. Patterson, of Philomath; and his sister, Taylor Patterson, also of Philomath.
This posting will be updated.
-- Helen Jung