Indiana Army National Guard Specialist Christopher A. Patterson, 20, of Aurora, Illinois.
Died on January 6, 2012, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. According to initial reports, Specialist Patterson died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
He was assigned to the 713th Engineer Company, 81st Troop Command. Army National Guard, Valparaiso, Indiana.