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Daniel J. Patron, Marine EOD, killed in Afghanistan

Perry grad Daniel J. Patron killed in Afghanistan

Times Reporter  August 7, 2011

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel J. Patron, a 2003 Perry High School graduate, was killed Saturday while detonating a roadside bomb in Sangin, Afghanistan, in the Helmand province.

Patron, 26, was killed at 11:19 a.m.

Patron, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, was a member of the 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, which was attached to Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, according to the family. He was deployed to Afghanistan in April. Patron’s duty was scheduled to end last month, but he chose to extend his service.

He is the son of Kathy and Frank Patron, and brother of Matthew Patron. He and his wife, Cody (Drace) Patron, were married two years.

Patron’s parents were flying to Dover, Del., Sunday morning to retrieve their son’s body.

Kathy Patron said her son enlisted after high school because of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. His parents called their son “selfless, brave and gutsy.”

“Funny, handsome, very, very well liked,” Kathy Patron said. “He was a fine man. He had a beautiful smile.”

Patron was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. Funeral arrangements are pending, though his mother said he will be buried here.

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August 7, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , ,

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