Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson

26, of Sedley, Virginia.
Patterson died as result of hostile action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on January 15, 2005.

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"On this Memorial Day we remember Jayton, who was so very strong and served his country with so much honor. We loved him and will not forget his service."
Aunt Deborah of Suffolk,VA

"Happy Birthday Jayton. Miss you so much. Aunt Mary. You made us Proud."
Mary Patterson Vick of courtland va

"7/23/2012
Hey buddy, it's Heaphy former 2nd platoon bravo 1/2. I didn't know you well but I knew enough. I've always asked people to pray for your family. It was a sad day in Bravo Company when we lost you. You will always be remembered by me as a Marine Legend. God Bless!!!"
Joseph Heaphy of Wilmington, NC

"To the family of:Jayton Patterson
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"Jayton, Happy Birthday! I love you! I wish you could be here with me playing Madden and playing in my fantasy football league. Everytime I see Claire I think of you. I bought her a Redskins jersey from the Pro Football Hall of Fame when I went last year. It was an awesome trip. I wish you could have been there with me. Claire is spoiled rotten. You would be so proud of her. She is so smart. She is the most awesome kid I have ever met. Not a day goes by that we don't miss you and appreciate what you sacrificed for us. I wear your dog tags every day that I got from your package you sent Steph right before you were supposed to come back. Me and Hunter both got superman tatoo's just like you. It seems like just yesterday we were partying together and drinking miller high life the whole week before you left for boot camp. I can't believe its been 6 1/2 years. I kept that letter in my safe and gave it to steph just like you asked me to. I think it meant alot to her. It was my privilege to keep it safe for you. I would give anything to go out to the 4H center and play one last game of basketball with you. It was an honor and a pleasure to have been a part of your life. 8/9/2011"
Sam Bays of Wakefield, VA

"Sgt. patterson was a man that inspired me to be the man that god intended me to be. Though I never joined as I was requested to do,I regret I was not at his side in his moment of need as he was when he came to my rescue. I will always love you. I will make a difference."
Can not reveal of unknown

"Jayton D. Patterson's name is forever etched in my memory. I recall his mother, Sharon, speaking so fondly of her son - only the way a mother can. Far and wide, he will forever be remembered as a true hero because he served this country with pride and honor. He accomplished so much in a life too short. Jayton inspires others to make the best of what we have.


"Rest in peace father, son, solider, and comrade."
Sandra Walker, U.S. Army (veteran) of Sedley, Virginia

"I sevred with Jayton for two years in Washington DC at Marine Barracks 8 and I. He was my best friend and roomate, I remember one time when we were late for formation one morning and we just threw some clothes on and ran out the door. We were getting our dress blues on later that morning and come to find out he had whitey tightys on that said my name on the front and I had the ones with his name on them. We had a lot of fun together especially when we would go down to visit his and Stephanies familys in Sedley, VA and Wakefield, VA. When I walked into the chapel at his funeral and saw the flag draped casket I lost it right In front of everybody. I have worn a bracelet with his name on it for over five years now. My prayers are still with his family Sharon,Frank,Hunter, and Mattie. I still miss and love you man,and as long as I'm alive you will never b forgotten!!"
Sgt. Jon R. Hogan USMC Ret. of Cartersville, GA

"January 11, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson:
Jayton gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Sgt Patt....Johnny Wayne. You will always be remembered for the things you did for me and the things you taught me. I carried all your knowledge that you packed into my little brain for two deployments following ours to Iskan. You were like a father to me and I would of followed you to the end of the world. I love you and I'll always be proud to be a member of the "Dirty Dozen.""
Paul of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I have know Sgt. Jayton Patterson since we were little kids. We went to bible school together, then started elementary school together. He was aways a great friend and always wanted to share his joys and Christ with those that would listen. The summer between my junior and senior year of high school i was involved in a horrific head on collison on Rt. 460 not far from where he and I grew up. I was hurt badly. I remember waking up in the hospital and Jayton was there. He prayed with me then he took a wooden cross off his neck and gave it to me. I have that cross in my turnout gear at the fire dept. I never go into danger without it because I know if he were here he would still be praying for my safety, I only wish the world could have know the man behind the Marine. Jayton you will be missed dearly. I think of you all the time brother. I will see you when God calls me home and I am once again able to see my friend and his warm smile and truthful blue eyes. Thank you also to all the men and women serving at home and aboard to protect my freedom."
Clifford A. Carr of Windsor Va, USA

"SGT PATTERSON THEN LCPL PATTERSON WAS MY FIRST SQUAD LEADER AT 8TH AND I I WAS FRESH OUT OF SOI AND I WENT STRAIGHT TO HIS SQUAD.. HE GAVE ME THE CHANCE TO BECOME A LEADER AND I EVENTUALLY TOOK OVER HIS SQUAD WHEN HE MOVED UP. SGT PATTERSON AND I WERE GOOD FRIENDS AND WE WERE ABLE TO TRAVEL A LOT TOGETHER DUE TO OUR DUTIES. HE WAS A GOOD MAN A GOOD FRIEND AND A GOOD MARINE AND I ONLY WISH I HAD THE CHANCE TO HANG WITH HIM AGAIN SEMPER FIDELIS SGT. YOU WERE A HELL OF A FIRST SQUAD LEADER

-FORMER CPL. JARED DONAHUE"
of FALL RIVER, MA/USA

"SGT PATTERSON THEN LCPL PATTERSON WAS MY FIRST SQUAD LEADER AT 8TH AND I I WAS FRESH OUT OF SOI AND I WENT STRAIGHT TO HIS SQUAD.. HE GAVE ME THE CHANCE TO BECOME A LEADER AND I EVENTUALLY TOOK OVER HIS SQUAD WHEN HE MOVED UP. SGT PATTERSON AND I WERE GOOD FRIENDS AND WE WERE ABLE TO TRAVEL A LOT TOGETHER DUE TO OUR DUTIES. HE WAS A GOOD MAN A GOOD FRIEND AND A GOOD MARINE AND I ONLY WISH I HAD THE CHANCE TO HANG WITH HIM AGAIN SEMPER FIDELIS SGT. YOU WERE A HELL OF A FIRST SQUAD LEADER
-FORMER CPL. JARED DONAHUE"
Jared Donahue of FALL RIVER, MA/USA

"I had the honor of serving in Bravo Company 1/2 with Sgt Patterson while in Iraq. At that time I had over 13 years in the Infantry and Sgt Patterson was one of the best squad leaders I had ever seen. He was relentless in his pursuit of excellence. He cared deeply for his Marines and earned their respect by setting the example. He never thought twice about any mission and was sought out by junior and senior Marines alike for sound tactical advice. There will never be another like him and he will never be forgotten. Semper Fi."
1stSgt William L. Hess of Indianapolis, IN

"Sgt Pat was my squad leader from the day i arrived at 1st btn 2nd marines in 2003 till the day he passed away and he was the person I looked up to the most out of all my senior marines that i had when I was a young Marine , He was the best Squad leader ,mentor, and friend that anybody could ask for.Now that i am a Sgt now myself i hope that I can be as much as an influence to my junior marines as he was to me in my life, so Sgt Pat ,I LOVE YA MAN and there isnt a day that goes by that myself and the rest of the marines from the "DIRTY DOZEN" dont think of you and the things that you did for us ! SEMPER FI"
Sgt Joshua D. Harrison of Parris Island , SC

"Its been a long time brother! We had some great times out there in Iraq together. Complaining about the mail or kicking back and having a few mountain dews together.

You are a true Marine man you inspired me as a Corpsman and kept up the motivation and moral of the platoon. You always lead from the front even till the end. A real hero and a true Marine.

Semper Fi buddy."
HM3 Chiarini, Joshua T. of Newport, RI

"SGT Patterson, I still think about the day you left our platoon. Your heroism kept other marines alive. I am honered to have been able to fight along your side. I think the best time was when me and you and a small group of other marines went out on the long range recon patrol for several days. This gave us hours upon hours to bond and really become that band of brothers that we are. I would have followed you anywhere i miss you and will see you again in a better place. 1st bn 2nd Marines. FREEDOM TOUR 0311's lead the way. Semper Fidelis"
Cpl Spencer M Thomas of Tucson, Arizona

"Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Your loss is great. My son is also in Iraq at this time. We long for his return. God Bless You"
SJ Brown of Courtland, VA

"Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Your loss is great. My son is also in Iraq at this time. We long for his return. God Bless You"
SJ Brown of Courtland, VA

"My son served in Iraq with the Marines at the same time as your dear son. Remembering your dear Jayton this Memorial Day and the sacrifice he made for our country. You and your family have our love and prayers. Daniel had a copy of the program for Jayton's memorial service with him before he left 3/7/07 for his 3rd. deployment."
Debbi Bell, Daniel's mom of Martinsburg, WV

"My Christmas gift from my son who serves in the AF was a bracelet with Jayton's name. I came to this website to find out a bit about the hero's name I will wear. God will one day judge us not only by the heart's we touch but by those we leave untouched. This young hero touched many hearts and continues to do so. God Bless you Sgt. Patterson. May your memory serve to sustain those you left behind and heart's you touched."
Rebecca Huyser of Steamboat Springs, CO

"I knew Jayton for a long time. We played ball together in Sedley, went to school together(Southampton), and did a lot of hunting together. I remember when you told me you were joining the Marines, I knew then you would make an excellent one. I am in the Navy and currently serving with Marines and I can honestly say everytime I walk by a marine I see you, SGT Patterson. I tell every Marine I speak with of the friend I had that gave his all I am so proud to have been your friend. You will never be forgotten! You are my Hero. Your family will always be in my prayers."
Arick of Sedley, Va

"I fought with Jayton in Iraq and never left his side until his death. I was with him on that last patrol that day and spent his last minutes with him. I can truly say that he is a hero. I always hear stories through history, and time of heros. I was honored to fight with Jayton, because he gave me the true understanding of the definition of a "HERO". He loved his family,friends and his Marines. I will forever miss him in my heart and mind. I will always be there for his family. His family is now my family and I know that I will see my Comrad again someday in a better place. "Love you Buddy, see you on the Battlefield."
Ssgt David Marino of Jacksonville, NC, USA

"I fought with Jayton in Iraq and never left his side until his death. I was with him on that last patrol that day and spent his last minutes with him. I can truly say that he is a hero. I always hear stories through history, and time of heros. I was honored to fight with Jayton, because he gave me the true understanding of the definition of a "HERO". He loved his family,friends and his Marines. I will forever miss him in my heart and mind. I will always be there for his family. His family is now my family and I know that I will see my Comrad again someday in a better place. "Love you Buddy, see you on the Battlefield"."
Ssgt David Marino of Jacksonville, NC, USA

"I am a retired Military E9, 30 years, two of them in Vietnam. I am grateful, and respectfully saddened by your gifts to our country. I wear a Bracelet with Sgt Patterson's name engraved, and will do so till this madness is over. Jayton is surely now at peace, his parents and dear family all deserve our deepest, unending gratitude."
Joseph E. Bowker, CMSgt, [Ret] of Pflugerville, Tx

"Jay Dawg - i can not live life with out thinking of you and; pool, fried chicken, hawkndove teeshirts, sneaking drinks in red solo cups, late night tv, superman stuff, SLOTH (yea I can't believe I dated him either, who wants to go out with someone who looks like that, in all fairness you warned me!), passing napkin notes to Trevor (beggin him to go out with me), and you always trying to make me laugh through life. I love you Jayton, you will always be apart of my life and family. I'll visit you soon. OH, and if I don't get a chance to visit you before my art exhibit, this ones for you!"
Rachael of Fairfax, VA

"I knew jayton all of my life. He brought so much joy to all that he came in contact with. Although life takes many turns we never forget those that are important to us. Your family, wife and beautiful daughter will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. you were one of a kind and a true american hero! may God be with you."
of southampton county, virginia

"Jayton, Thank you for everything! You were a hero to many in your own home before you even joined the Marines. And now you are our fallen hero. You blessed everyone with your presence. Even with your tight cocky super hero t-shirts, you always knew how to make people laugh. You were the definition of Pure Joy and Love, for you spread your Love to everyone you met. I don't know if you ever knew that, but now you do. Thank you."
one of your "adopted lil sisters" of wakefield, va

"Jayton, i only met you twice in my whole life while on family trips to VA, but i have many memorys of you and your family. Thank you for being such a great family member. It makes me proud to say you are part of my family also. My family was unable to attend to your services due to weather conditions. Thank you for your dedication to our country and to the Marines, you will never be forgotten"
DJ of Feura Bush, NY

"In Fredericksburg, VA I was behind a car with Jayton's name on the back window. I said a prayer for him and whatever friends and family he left behind. Then I looked up this website tonight and saw how many people loved him and thought so highly of him. He must have been such a special person and I know you miss him. Your family is in my prayers."
Brenda Gaston of Fredericksburg, VA

"Jayton was the very first squad leader that I had when I first joined the Marines back in 2001, 1st squad 2plt Alpha Company, Marine Barracks 8th and I. He later became my roomate for a short period of time. Of all the people he served with in Washington D.C. I think that I was probably the last to see him alive, when we had a random encounter with him at Camp Virginia in Kuwait. We had lunch together and talked about D.C., He was a great friend, and outstanding Marine. He is now and will forever be remembered by those whose lives he impacted. Semper Fi Sgt Patterson."
Cpl Paul McEnaney of St Joseph Missouri

""I would like to express my deepest and most heartfelt regards to the Patterson family. Although I never knew Jayton, I have been best friends with his brother Hunter for a good period of time. The way that Hunter and the rest of his family speak so highly of Jayton make me only wish that I could have gotten to know Jayton as I have Frank, Sharon, Mary, Mattie and especially Hunter. Sitting here it brings tears to my eyes to read all of the wonderful things that have been said about such an incredible man. About a month back, Hunter gave me a dog tag to wear with a picture of Jayton on it. I can honestly say that I have never been so proud to wear anything in my life as I am to wear it. It is an honor for me to tell everyone who asks about the man in the picture about Jayton, his wife Stephanie, their beautiful daughter Claire, and the rest of his incredible family that love and miss him so much. Thank you Jayton Patterson, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN”"
Travis Wall of South Mills, NC

"Early on in my time in the Marine Corps Jayton was my senior. Later on he became my roommate and friend, but always maintained professionalism while on the job. I aspired to be like him and he will always be an inspiration to the Marines who knew him."
CPL Pofahl, Erich of Richland, WA

"My husband and I have been trying to decide on a name for our little boy, due Jan 6, 2006. I had come up with the name Jayton and he had never heard of it beofre, so I did a yahoo search to prove it was a "real" name. I found this site and told my husband what a brave, honorable and special name Jayton is. We have decided this is a perfect name for our son. Thank you for your dedication to the ideal of freedom, Jayton Patterson!"
Sara of Richmond, TX

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Jayton's wife, children, and parents. I am sad to say I did not know about his passing until today, April 27th, 2005. Jimmy Barrett mentioned his name on the radio this morning. It has been about ten years since I last saw Jayton, yet I considered him a friend when we went to Tidewater together. He was one of the nicest guys I ever knew, and I am saddened, but simultaneously proud of him for his sacrifice. Jayton, I thank you very much for your service to God and our great country. You will be missed. Please lend us your strength as you watch from above."
Rob G. of Claremont, VA

"Jayton was my nephew and a wonderful Christian inspiration for us all. When I heard him in the pulpit while he was still a teenager I was astounded and oh, so proud. His memory lives on in so many he has touched in his short years--but particularly in his dear, sweet daughter Claire. My sister, Sharon and her husband, Frank are so brave through this all--as his Jayton's wife Stephanie--My prayers are with them and with Mattie and Hunter, Jayton's sister and brother. May God grant them peace and comfort in the wonderful memories of Jayton--he will never be forgotten."
Deborah Harrell of Suffolk, VA

"Jayton, Thank you for your service to our country. I thanked you at Tidewater's football game right after 9/11 when you came to see Hunter play, before you were called back to Washington. I thanked you then with tears in my eyes as I thank you now, again with tears in my eyes. I also thank you for being an inspiration and role model for Ryan, now LCpl Ellis... also a Marine and who is currently serving in Iraq. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.... they are strong and have a strong faith that I know is helping them through this difficult time. I know they are so proud of you, and that during your short life you touched so many lives and made "a difference" in this world. That is apparent in just reading the messages on this website. You are the epitomy of Ronald Reagan's famous quote, "Some people spend a liftime wondering if they made a difference, Marines don't have that problem." Jayton, you and your sacrifices for this country will NEVER be forgotton."
Wendy Ellis of Wakefield, VA, USA

"Thank you for your service to our country. Your funeral and burial were fitting for a true American hero such as yourself. Alison and I extend our sympathies to your wife, your daughter and your loving parents Frank and Sharon. Your life and sacrifice will never be forgotten."
ENS Daniel Peters of Pensacola, FL

"SGT. JAYTON PATTERSON WAS MY HUSBANDS OLD SGT. HE WAS A GREAT PERSON WHO ALWAYS SEEMED TO LEND A HELPING HAND. HE WAS A VERY SWEET AND CARING PERSON. HE WILL BE MISSED IN THE HEARTS OF MANY!"
MANDY of JACKSON , OHIO

"It has been many years but I played baseball among other sports against Jayton when we were growing up. My heart goes out to your family. Thanks Jayton for your sacrifice."
Anonymous of Southampton, VA

"Jayton and I used to hang out back in high school. I have to say that Jayton was one of the coolest guys I ever had the pleasure to hang out with. Its hard to fathom what our men and women face on a daily basis in times of war. These men and women are truly the heros of our great nation and we owe everything we have today to them. God Bless Jayton And The Patterson Family, SEMPER FI."
Kyle B. of Prince George , VA

"My brother played baseball with Jayton at Sedley for years and I will never forget him. I am praying for your family. May God bless you all!"
Stacy of Franklin, VA

"My prayers and thoughts are always with the Patterson family. The respect, honor and love for this young man was shining through in the attendance at his services and the support of the VA State Troopers and area law enforcement, and the most impressive honor and praises by his fellow Marines. Thank you, the Patterson family, and thank you Jayton, for the sacrifice you all have made to keep our country free. I shall always be mindful of you and your fellow Armed Forces."
Rose Thompson of Wakefield, Virginia

"I am so proud to say that I knew Jayton Patterson and very honored to say he was my friend. From playing little league in Sedley to saying a final goodbye to a True American Hero, words just can't explain it. My deepest sympathies to his family. Thank You Jayton, you will be truly missed and never forgotten"
David of Blacksburg, VA

"Jayton was my next door neighbor - my brother and I have fond memories of our childhoods with Jayton. My heart goes out to Frank, Sharon, Jayton's two siblings, as well as Stephanie. I may be far away in Nashville now, but mom has been keeping me up to date with everything. May God help you find peace in this difficult time. You are all in my prayers."
Sara Simms of Wakefield/Sedley, VA....(currently in Nashville, TN)

"Wish to express my deepest sympathy to Stephanie (wife), Claire (daughter), Debbie and Rodney(mother and fater-in-law, along with Jayton's mom and dad and the whole family.. The funeral was very sad but you could see that he was a very loved person.. there was over 600 people there... what a great town coming together with family... ........

Robin Livesey & David Stowell"
Robin Livesey of Fredericksburg, Va

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Jayton, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Jayton was my hero, from growing up playing ball, to serving this country."
Marty Carr of Black Creek, VA

"Whe were in elementary school together (Zuni elementary), Then I ran into him at Marine Barracks 8th and I were I was already stationed. I am sad to hear the news of a long time friend and fellow Marine passing. I know the hardship and pain that is felt being that I took a tour of duty in Iraq also. I send my deepest prayers to his family and may god bless his wife and child. Siemper Fi"
Eric Walker, Sgt USMC of San Clemente, CA

"JAYTON WAS A PROUD MARINE AS WE CAN ALL SEE,
HE LOVED OUR COUNTRY DEARLY,
ON THIS TRAGIC DAY HE DIED FOR YOU AMD ME,
NOW HES WITH THE LORD SAFE IN HIS ARMS.
WE PROUD OF YOU JAYTON PATERSON.
DONNA MARSHALL

MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO FRANK AND SHARON ON THEIR TRAGIC LOST OF THEIR SON AND ALSO GO OUT TO JAYTON WIFE AND DAUGHTER.JAYTON WAS A VERY HAPPY BOY THAT I CAN REMEMBER.
WE WILL MISS YOU JAYTON."
DONNA MARSHALL of VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23455

"To Jayton's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Thank you Jayton Patterson, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jayton Patterson:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Jayton for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jayton Patterson:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Jayton, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on