Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Michael Robert Patton

Fenton, Missouri

June 14, 2008

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
19 Marine Pfc

2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Twentynine Palms, California

 Killed while supporting combat operations in Farah Province, Afghanistan.

From Mrs. Patton 10/10/08:

Mike was the most selfless person anyone could ever meet, with the most beautiful smile and dimples. Mike had talked about joining the marines since he was just a little boy, being a Marine was his lifelong dream. Mike graduated from Fox High School in 2007, where he was a goalie for their soccer team. Mike played soccer all four years of high school. Mike went to MCRD in San Diego, CA for bootcamp a few weeks following graduation. We got married on his ten day boot leave on Sept. 10th 2007. Mike then returned to California for School of Infantry Training for eight weeks, and then was assigned to the 2nd battalion 7th Marine Regiment. He got deployed to Afghanistan on April 6th of 2008. I am very proud of my husband, he was a great husband and marine and I am glad he got to fullfill his dream of becoming a U.S. Marine.

From South County Times southcountytimes.com 06/27/08:

Michael Robert Patton
December 7, 1988 - June 14, 2008 Funeral at St. Paul Catholic Church for Fenton Marine

June 27, 2008

Marine Pfc. Michael Patton, son of James and Teresa Patton of Fenton, was laid to rest Saturday, June 21, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Fenton.

Pfc. Patton, 19, and three other Marines were killed by a roadside bomb June 14 while supporting combat operations in Farah Province, in southwest Afghanistan.

The other three Marines killed are: Sgt. Michael Toussiant-Hyle Washington, 20, of Tacoma, Wash.; Lance Cpl. Layton Bradly Crass, 22, of Richmond, Ind.; and Pfc. Dawid Pietrek, 24, of Bensenville, Ill.

The four died when their vehicle ran over an explosive device. Pfc. Patton's body arrived home by jet on Thursday, June 19. Friends and family members gathered at a hangar at Lambert International Airport, as the flag-draped casket was carried off the plane by a Marine honor guard.

Pfc. Patton joined the Marines shortly after graduating high school. He was sent to Afghanistan in April.

Pfc. Patton was raised in Fenton and graduated from St. Paul Catholic Grade School. A 2007 graduate of Fox High School in Arnold, he married his high school girlfriend, Amy, about a year ago.

In addition to his wife, Pfc. Patton is survived by his parents, James and Teresa Patton of Fenton, and sisters Margaret and Rebecca, both of the Fenton area. 

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