Name: Marine Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson
From: Sedley, Va.
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Incident: Marine Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson was killed Jan. 15 by enemy action in Babil province, Iraq.
Camp Lejeune Marine dies in Iraq explosion
SEDLEY, Va. — A Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune died in an explosion in Iraq over the weekend, his family said.
Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson, 26, of Sedley, Va., spoke with his parents Friday night just hours before he was killed on patrol by an improvised explosive device.
The Department of Defense announced the death Tuesday and told the family Saturday.
Patterson, who was attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was deployed in mid-June last year. He had been assigned to Camp Lejeune’s 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.
He was due to return home in a few weeks. His wife, Stephanie, had received a package of things from him on the same day he was killed in Iraq’s Babil province.
The couple had a 15-month-old daughter.
“We got four phone calls from him the whole time that he was there,” Patterson’s father, Frank, said Monday....