Spc. Chris Patterson
SPC Christopher Alexander Patterson was killed in action January 6,2012 while proudly serving his country in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan at 20 years of age.
A 2009 Graduate from West Aurora High School, Chris partook of everything the performing arts had to offer. From singing with the West High STUDy Hall and A Cappella choirs, to performing with the marching band and theatrical performances. After graduation Chris continued his studies at Valparaiso University in Indiana where he was majoring in vocal music education. While at Valparaiso, he was a member of the professional music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and toured with the school’s premier vocal ensemble, the Chorale; all while composing and arranging music for the A Capella group VuVox and the STUDy Hall choir.
Coming from a strong military family, Chris enlisted with the Indiana National Guard and served as a 12B Combat Engineer with the 713th Engineering Company (Sapper) based out of the Valparaiso Armory. When his unit was activated in 2011, as a ROTC cadet Chris was informed that he would not be deploying with them, to which Chris’s response was, “With all due respect, that is not why I enlisted.” He was able to convince his command to allow him to deploy, and left American soil November 11 2011. On January 6, 2012 Chris’s convoy was struck by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and Chris, as well as 3 others in his truck were killed.
To honor Chris’s legacy, through the assistance of the Dog Tag Brewing Foundation, the Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation was founded with the goal of ensuring Chris’s legacy and sacrifice is never forgotten through support of the performing arts that were so much of his life.