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April 18, 2010


SSG James Patton


Vincennes, Indiana


April 23, 1986


April 18, 2010

Entered Service:

July 2004


James deployed six times; twice to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan.


Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment


His military education includes the Airborne Course, the Ranger Indoctrination Program, the U.S. Army Ranger Course, the Jumpmaster Course, the Master Breacher Course, the Mountain Warfare Course, the Warrior Leaders Course, and the Advanced Leaders Course.

Awards & Decorations:

His awards include, the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Senior Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.

Survived By:

James is survived by his wife Beatriz and their daughter Cecilia, his parents, Command Sgt.Maj. Gregory and Mrs. Sheila Patton, brother, Cliff Edward Patton and sister, Megan Sue Marie.

“Staff Sergeant James Patton was the epitome of the American Ranger – Warrior, Patriot, and dedicated to mission accomplishment. Staff Sgt. Patton was killed in a helicopter crash on one of the most significant missions since the beginning of the Iraq War,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, 75th Ranger Regiment commander. “Jimmy trained his Rangers well; those that were not injured secured the crash site, evacuated the wounded, and then successfully completed the mission. Staff Sergeant Patton’s spirit lives on in the Rangers he led in combat and the friends and families he touched throughout his life.”

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