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Soldier’s Family Releases Statement

Soldier Dies in AfghanistanPHILOMATH, Ore. — The family of fallen soldier Spc. Cody Patterson put out a statement Thursday expressing their grief and sadness.

Patterson’s mother Nancy Wilson says in part, “The family of Cody Patterson is proud of his service to his country, his bravery, and his sacrifice. There are not enough words to express the depth of our heartbreak over his tragic loss…we will feel his absence forever.

Cody was a small town boy with a large extended family and deep ties to his hometown and surrounding community…He will be missed and remembered by so many for his sense of humor, compassion, and strength. We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the other victims of this terrible incident.”

Patterson was killed in action last weekend while serving in Afghanistan. He was 24 years old.

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