Staff Sgt James Richard Patton
Staff Sgt. James R. Patton of Fort Benning, Georgia joined the Army in July of 2004, completing the One Station Unit Training and the Ranger Indoctrination Program, and was assigned to Fort Benning. Jimmy was serving his seventh military deployment. Before his current mission, he was deployed two times to Iraq, and four times to Afghanistan. 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. His Awards and Decorations include, the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and the Army Service Ribbon. He leaves his wife, Beatriz, and a daughter, Cecilia, and his parents Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory and Sheila Patton. He died at age 23 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained as the result of a helicopter crash.
75th Ranger Regiment
Fort Benning, Georgia
Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9156