MARTINEZ, CA, USA U.S. Air Force MSGT, 31ST MEDICAL SUPPORT SQUADRON, AVIANO AB, IT GARDEZ, AFGHANISTAN 09/04/2007
Air Force Master Sergeant Patrick D. Magnani died near, Bagram, Afghanistan as result of a non-combat-related incident. He was thirty-eight years old. Patrick was a biomedical technician and had been in Afghanistan since July 2007 with the 31st Medical Support Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy. He died in service to his country and was happy about what he was doing.
Patrick’s military career spanned eighteen years. He was a skilled technician who maintained and repaired medical equipment. His time in the Air Force had taken him to Greenland, Korea, Spain, England, Italy, and Iraq.
Patrick Magnani, the military was a way to serve his country and to indulge his adventuresome spirit and deep curiosity about the world. He drove hours to see castles in England, checked out Oktoberfest in Germany, gamely tried a “seafood nightmare” dish of black shellfish in Italy and ventured to local bazaars in Afghanistan.
Patrick was a native of Walnut Creek, California. He was known as a perfect brother, perfect uncle and perfect soldier who lovingly tended his family ties despite his global travels. Whenever possible, Patrick took time to regularly visit his sister in Omaha and the rest of his family in Antioch and Martinez in the San Francisco Bay Area. He showered his niece and nephew with presents from around the world.
When his older brother Michael was left a quadriplegic after an auto accident in 1994, Patrick, who was then based in Marysville, California, made it a point to visit him often. He took his brother to the beach with the family dog and helped install software on his computer. Growing up in a close-knit neighborhood of Pleasant Hill, California, Patrick was an avid athlete who set two high school track records and enjoyed baseball, bike riding and playing Frisbee. He attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill for a year. Then, in 1989, he abruptly announced at the dinner table that he had decided to join the Air Force. His family was stunned and surprised but supported his direction choice. His father was a Marine veteran with Korean War service. Once Patrick enlisted, he worked hard and enjoyed what he had accomplished.