ORLANDO, FL, US
U. S. Army
CPL, CO B, 2ND BN, 502ND INF REGT, 2ND BCT, FORT CAMPBELL, KY
12/12/2010, HOWZ E MADAD, AFGHANISTAN
On December 12, 2010, Corporal Patrick David Deans died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Five other soldiers were also killed in the attack and eleven others were wounded. CPL Deans was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The suicide bomber attack occurred in Howz-e-Madad, was in the Zhari district of Kandahar province Afghanistan. CPL Deans was part of combat actions following the 30,000 troop surge to Afghanistan. CPL Dean was twenty-two years old.
Patrick was born December 14, 1987 in Beaufort, SC and was a resident of Winter Garden, Florida. He attended Timber Creek High School, graduated from Harmony High School and was a Presbyterian. Patrick was a strong athlete playing football and baseball.
He was a University Cougar in the Pop Warner League and he loved to fish. Corporal Deans served his first tour in Iraq and his second tour in Afghanistan as Team Leader for Bravo Company; 2nd Battalion; 502nd Infantry; 101 Airborne Division. Corporal Deans made the ultimate sacrifice as he performed his duties with honor and dignity in the United States Army. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
CPL Deans Facebook post tells much about him. He wrote: “A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including their life. That is beyond honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.” He is survived by his parents, paternal grandfather, aunt, uncles, cousins, and friends.