Spc. Cody James Patterson, 24, was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Spc. Patterson was a rifleman assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror.
He was born April 12, 1989 in Corvallis, Ore. After graduating from Philomath High School, Patterson enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Philomath, Ore., January 2012. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., 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.
Following graduation from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, Patterson was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment November 2012.
His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.
His awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.
Patterson has also been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, 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.
Patterson is survived by his mother, Nancy R. Wilson of Corvallis, Ore., and his father, Randy L. Patterson, and his sister, Taylor, both of Philomath, Ore. He is also survived by his siblings: Nicole Patterson, Letitia Williams, Elijah Williams, Kapriel Wilson, and Mara Wilson.
As a Ranger, Spc. Cody James Patterson selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier direct action raid force, continuously deployed in support of the Global War on Terror, and fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.
– RANGERS LEAD THE WAY! –