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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 Sgt. James R. Patton, 23, was a squad leader assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. He was born on April 23, 1986 in Fort Bragg, N.C.
Patton died April 18, 2010 while conducting a combat operation in northern Iraq when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in which he was riding crashed.
He was on his seventh deployment in support of the War on Terror. He had previously deployed twice to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan.

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