Pfc. Cody Patterson was born April 12, 1989, in Corvallis, Ore. After graduating from Philomath High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Philomath, Ore., in January 2012 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning 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. Patterson graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Company B, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in November 2012 and served as a rifleman. His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.
Sadly, he was killed on his second deployment, first combat deployment.
His awards and decorations include:
The Parachutist Badge
The U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.
Patterson also has been awarded:
The National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Posthumous Certificate of Promotion
The Good Conduct Medal
The Combat Infantryman’s Badge
Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star Metal with “V” device
Army Commendation Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
Pfc. Patterson was a true American hero and is missed by all who knew him.