Philomath mourns 2007 graduate killed in Afghanistan

Philomath mourns 2007 graduate killed in Afghanistan

PHILOMATH, Ore. - Cody Patterson graduated Philomath High School in 2007.

He enlisted in the Army in January 2012.

A month into his second deployment to Afghanistan, he was part of mission Sunday to stop a suicide bomber.

The mission succeeded, but Patterson and three other soldiers lost their lives to an IED during the operation.

"I am proud of him, I am," said Jon Barlow, assitant principal at Philomath High. "I think we all are, and deeply moved and filled with sorrow at his loss.

"He was a football player, a hard hitter, a hard worker, captain of the football team," Barlow said. "The kids wear their uniforms before the games, I can just see him, I can just see him, and he's not here, so that's the hard part, he's not here."

School staff called Patterson the classic hometown kid. He participated in a male pageant contest the school holds annually and won the title Mr. PHS.

A major factor in the judging is raising money for Doernbecher Children's Hospital.