October 9, 2013

Patrick Hawkins - U.S. Military

Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, age 25, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 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.

It has been reported that Patrick went to the aid of another wounded soldier.

Military officials stated that Patrick was a brave and incredibly talented Ranger. His actions that night were in keeping with the epitome of the Ranger Creed: 'I will never leave a fallen comrade.'

Patrick graduated from Carlisle High School in 2007, and enlisted in the Army in 2010.

This was his fourth deployment to this war zone.

Patrick Hawkins has received numerous military honors, including the Joint Service
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Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Presidential Unit Citation. Posthumously, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.

Patrick will be remembered for his smile and his positive attitude.

Friends describe him as a good kid who was even tempered and adult for his age.

Patrick is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Roy and Shelia, and his wife, Brittanie.

Thank you for serving, Patrick.

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

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

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