"Freedom cost everything," said mom of dead soldier

"Freedom cost everything," said mom of dead soldier

Port Orchard : WA : USA | May 30, 2011 at 2:48 AM PDT
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"Freedom isn't free, it cost everything," said Adam J. Patton's mom this week after she got a dreaded knock on the door from two soldiers who told her Adam was dead, she told KIRO 7 News.

Adam's assignment: Operation Enduring Freedom.

Adam J. Patton, 21, a specialist in the Army, from Port Orchard, Washington, was killed in Afghanistan, according to Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations.

The Department of Defense confirmed Patton was killed in Afghanistan by insurgents who attacked an Army unit with an improvised explosive device in the Kandahar province.

Spc. Adam J. Patton was one of six men killed from the 101st Airborne Division, based out of Fort Campbell, Ky, according to the Kitsap Sun. He is the 11th service member from Kitsap County to die in the ongoing combat missions in Iraq or Afghanistan. This was his second deployment.

Patton attended South Kitsap High School and graduated in 2008. He was a member of the school's Navy Junior ROTC.

The other men who died from wounds suffered in the May 26 attack were 1st Lt. John Runkle of Ohio, Staff Sgt. Edward Mills, Jr. of Pennsylvania, Staff Sgt. Ergin Osman of Jacksonville, NC, Sgt. Thomas Bohall of Bel Aire, Kan., and Sgt. Louie Ramos Velazquez of Puerto Rico.

***Let us pray strength and peace over the families who gave their sons and daughters for our freedom on this Memorial Day.

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Adam J. Patton of Port Orchard.
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