James Richard Patton – Staff Sergeant, United States Army

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 319-10
April 21, 2010

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Staff Sergeant James R. Patton, 23, of Fort Benning, Georgia, died April 18, 2010, in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained as the result of a helicopter crash.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.

For more information media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-432-6005, after hours 910-689-6187, or visit http://news.soc.mil.


PRESS  RELEASE: USASOC Soldier killed in aircraft crash
U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 21, 2010)—An Army Ranger died April 18 while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Company B, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Staff Sergeant James R. Patton was conducting a combat operation in northern Iraq when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in which he was riding crashed.

“Staff Sergeant  Jimmy Patton was the life of his platoon and the epitome of a selfless servant,” said Colonel Dan Walrath, 3rd Battalion, Ranger Regiment commander.  “He made the best of every situation regardless of circumstance and he always exuded an easy confidence that ‘it could be done.’”

Patton was on his seventh deployment in support of the War on Terror. He had previously deployed twice to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan.

“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.”

Patton enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2004, and following completion of One Station Unit Training and the Ranger Indoctrination Program, he was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. During his service with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, he served as a grenadier, fire team leader, and rifle squad leader.

Patton is survived by his wife Beatriz and daughter Cecilia of Columbus, Georgia, and his parents Command Sergeant Major Gregory and Sheila Patton of Indian Mound, Tennessee; brother Cliff Edward Patton and sister Megan Sue Marie.


USASOC Soldier killed in aircraft crash
U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 21, 2010)—An Army Ranger died April 18 while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Company B, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Staff Sergeant James R. Patton was conducting a combat operation in northern Iraq when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in which he was riding crashed.

“Staff Sergeant  Jimmy Patton was the life of his platoon and the epitome of a selfless servant,” said Colonel Dan Walrath, 3rd Battalion, Ranger Regiment commander.  “He made the best of every situation regardless of circumstance and he always exuded an easy confidence that ‘it could be done.’”

Patton was on his seventh deployment in support of the War on Terror. He had previously deployed twice to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan.

“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 Colonel 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 Sgt. Patton’s spirit lives on in the Rangers he led in combat and the friends and families he touched throughout his life.”

Patton enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2004, and following completion of One Station Unit Training and the Ranger Indoctrination Program, he was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. During his service with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, he served as a grenadier, fire team leader, and rifle squad leader.

Patton is survived by his wife Beatriz and daughter Cecilia of Columbus, Georgia, and his parents Command Sergeant Major Gregory and Sheila Patton of Indian Mound, Tennessee; brother Cliff Edward Patton and sister Megan Sue Marie.


Arlington Burial Iraq
An honor guard and horse drawn caisson transports the casket carrying the remains of Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington Burial Iraq
An honor guard and horse drawn caisson transports the casket carrying the remains of Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton, during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington Burial Iraq
Members of the U.S. Army's Old Guard carry the casket of Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton, 23, during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday, May 6, 2010
Arlington Burial Iraq
Members of the U.S. Army's Old Guard stand by the casket of Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton, 23, during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday, May 6, 2010
Beatriz Patton, Cecilia Patton
Beatriz C. Patton, widow of Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton, left, holds her daughter Cecilia M. Patton at grave side during the burial service for her husband Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton, 23, May 6, 2010, at Arlington National Cemetery
Beatriz Patton, Cecilia Patton
Beatriz C. Patton, seated, right, widow of Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton, holds her daughter Cecilia Patton at graveside during a burial service for her husband Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton, Thursday, May 6, 2010, at Arlington National Cemetery
Beatriz Patton, Cecilia Patton, Joseph Votel
Beatriz Patton, widow of Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton, right, holds her daughter Cecilia Patton, as she is presented with the flag by Major General Joseph Votel during the burial service at Arlington National Cemetery
Gregory E. Patton
Command Sergeant Major Gregory E. Patton, front right, the father of Army Staff Sergeant James R. Patton holds his head in his hand during the burial service for his son at Arlington National Cemetery

PATTON, JAMES RICHARD

  • SSG   US ARMY
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 04/23/1986
  • DATE OF DEATH: 04/10/2010
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 9156
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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