Jeffrey Scott Pattersonwas born on June 17th 1949. He attended Sparta, NJ schools and was an above average student. He excelled in football and wrestling. Jeff graduated from Sparta High in 1967 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was assigned to Platoon 2043, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, S.C. and graduated from recruit training on November 13, 1967. Jeff was able to spend Christmas and New Years at home with his family and then left for additional training at Camp Pendleton, California.
In February of 1968 Jeff was assigned to "Bravo" Company, 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Viet Nam. On June 3, 1968 PFC. Patterson was walking point on a roving patrol near Quang Nam when he tripped a Viet Cong booby trap and was mortally wounded.
PFC. Patterson was a clean-cut all American type young man who loved his country and his Corps. He was a perfect example of the perfect Marine. A credit to his family, his country and his Marine Corps.
On June 3,1993, The Sussex County Detachment #747 of the Marine Corps League was
re-chartered and re-named The PFC. Jeffrey S. Patterson Detachment. This was done at his graveside at the Sparta Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Members of his family were present along with detachment members and color guards of several veteran's organizations. A dinner was later held at the Ogdensburg Firehouse. Our detachment is proud to bear the name of this young Marine from Sparta, NJ. Who so exemplified the spirit of our Country and our Marine Corps. Semper Fi