October 9, 2013

Cody Patterson - U.S. Military

Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, age 24, of Philomath, Oregon, died on October 6, 2013, in Zhari District, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Cody was born in Corvallis, Oregon.

He graduated from Philomath High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 2012 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning as an infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, also at Fort Benning. Cody graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Company B, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in November 2012 and served as a rifleman.

Military officials stated that Cody was their poster child for the Ranger Regiment. He was courageous and dedicated.

He would have succeeded in the military in whatever undertaking he chose.

Friends stated that he was a hard working kid with a great attitude and an exceptional character.

This was Cody’s second deployment to Afghanistan.

His loved ones are forever weeping for this young man.

His awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge and the U.S. Army Expert

Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge, the National Defense Service Medal,
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Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. He was posthumously awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart and NATO Medal.

Cody is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Nancy Wilson; his father, Randy Patterson; and his sister, Taylor.

Thank you for serving, Cody.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like Cody.

Pray that Cody is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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