KIA October 6, 2013
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia
Army Ranger SPC Cody James Patterson died October 6, 2013, from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device (IED) while conducting combat operations in Zhari District, Afghanistan. SPC Patterson was on his second deployment to Afghanistan and was moving alongside SGT Patrick Hawkins to aid a fallen comrade when they were both killed. Cody is survived by his parents Nancy Wilson and Randy Patterson, and siblings, Taylor Patterson, Nicole Patterson, Letitia Williams, Elijah Williams, Kapriel Wilson, and Mara Wilson.
Cody’s father Randy said as Cody grew, he could tell that his son’s destiny was not to be a truck driver like him. He said Cody always loved playing with Army figures. Cody and his friend Tyler would often pretend to have battles in the fields between their homes. Cody went to Philomath High School and won the “Mr. PHS” title, a fundraising pageant which recognizes the senior who raises the most money for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland as well as scores the most points in pageant talent performances and dances. He was known for his good nature and humor throughout the community and will always be remembered for his karaoke performance of Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” during the pageant’s talent competition. Cody attended Peace Lutheran Church his whole life and was a role model for all the children in the church and where it was stated they all looked up to him.
The 3rd Ranger Battalion Commander described Cody as “the poster child for the Ranger Regiment. He was courageous and dedicated and lost his life while fighting tenaciously against our nation’s enemies alongside his fellow Rangers.” SPC Patterson was posthumously awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, and NATO Medal.
SPC Cody Patterson was 24 years old from Philomath, Oregon.
Original portrait was presented November 15, 2015 to his family and friends at a special memorial event hosted by Lead the Way Fund in New York, NY.