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Veteran of the Vietnam War, U.S. Army

Curtis Ray Patton was born June 27, 1941 to Mr. and Mrs. Willie M. Patton. He was drafted into the U.S. Army via Selective Service and began his tour on March 20, 1967, serving with the 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, B Company. Patton died during hostile action in South Vietnam, specifically the Thua Thien Province, on February 4, 1968. Patton and 21 other soldiers were killed during this encounter in Thon Lieu Coc Thuong, a hamlet the troops were advancing through towards the city of Hue. The Battle of Hue City was one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War and was a turning point as it negatively impacted public support and perception and led to the loss of the political support for the war. Curtis Ray Patton received the following honors during his service to his country: A bronze star, an Air Medal, 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart. Today, Curtis Patton’s name can be found inscribed on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington D.C. on Panel 37e, Line 26.

Works Referenced

“Curtis Ray Patton,” Published on HonorStates.org:

https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=291789 

“Sgt. Curtis Ray Patton,” Published on Find A Grave:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/149256711/curtis-ray-patton/photo 

 

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Photo of Curtis Ray Patton, (1941 – 1968), courtesy of  Find A Grave.

Patton’s obituary, courtesy of  Find A Grave.