Shane E Patton

Shane E Patton

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U.S. Navy

Petty Officer Second Class Eric ‘Shane’ Patton, 22, died June 28, 2005, when the helicopter he was in was shot down in the mountains of Afghanistan. He was part of a team sent to rescue a SEAL team in a heavy firefight. Shane was a member of SEAL Delivery Vehicle TeamOne.

Patton was born November 15, 1982. He lived in Boulder City, Nevada and joined the Navy SEALs in 2000 — fresh out of Boulder City High School. His father, James “JJ” Patton, is a municipal court marshal in Las Vegas and former Navy SEAL, according to a news release from the Nevada governor’s office.

In high school he excelled at baseball – star pitcher and best outfielder. He played the guitar with his band, True Story. He was a surfer and a skateboarder. He gave the ultimate compliment to the President, “He’s a real dude, man, a real dude.”

His nickname was “Cream, Hatch or Snack Attack.”

It’s been said that Shane was good with everything he did or tried. … He cared about his work. He cared about pulling his weight. He cared about his platoon.

Three years ago, Petty Officer 2nd Class Patton enthusiastically took on the rigorous training to become a SEAL, said friends. He was the only one of his three brothers to follow his father. Stationed at Pearl Harbor, Patton shipped out for Afghanistan in April.

Yesterday, Brandon Tretton remembered Patton, his best friend since ninth or 10th grade: “He wanted to be a SEAL, and he wanted to be the best. His father was a SEAL, and he figured if he joined the armed forces, he would go all the way and be the best.”

Patton, of Boulder City, Nev., was one of three Hawaii-based Navy SEALs among 16 troops who were killed during combat operations last Tuesday when their MH-47 helicopter crashed under enemy fire in the area of Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar province. The military said the crash was the deadliest single blow to American forces in Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted in 2001

Shane’s portrait is also located on Poster 6


One Response to “Shane E Patton”
  1. Cathy McEachin and Keith Fisher says:

    To Whom It May Concern,
    We watched a great interview by U.S. military veteran Pete Hegseth on Modern Warriors: A Memorial Day Special with veterans Marcus Luttrell, his twin Morgan Luttrell, Chad Fleming and Rep. Adam Kinzinger to discuss what Memorial Day means to them. Marcus made the suggestion to pick a name of a fallen hero in Section 60 of Arlington Cemetery and have your Memorial Day Party in their name to thank them for their sacrifice so you could be free to have your party, and post it on social media and who knows, maybe someone in their family or a friend will see it and it will make them smile. We had our Memorial Day Bar-B-Que in honor of Shane E. Patton.
    Thank you Shane for your service, we are sorry we did not know you. God Bless You and your family.
    Keith Fisher, Navy Veteran, and Cathy McEachin, Lexington, Kentucky.

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