“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

The Navy Gold Star Program is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those Service Members who have died in service to our country. To help us to never forget, we have set up this tribute page to honor and remember the memory of those lives. If you would like to honor the memory of your Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman through the Navy Gold Star website please submit your thoughts and a photo.

Patrick grew up knowing that he would follow in the footsteps of many of his family members and join the service. He enlisted in the Navy right out of high school, in July 1987, and spent the next 20 years faithfully serving his country and traveling the world. Patrick had a calm, meticulous, and focused personality that was a great match for his career as an Explosives Ordinance Disposal Technician, and he loved his job. On July 17, 2007 Patrick was deployed to Iraq and out on a call when a culvert full of explosives was detonated under his vehicle.As much as Patrick loved his career, he loved his role as a father even more. Patrick was a very hands on parent and spent as much time as he could with his family. He loved to take his young daughters on walks to go play at the park, and read them bedtime stories. Even though we miss his presence every day, his daughters are growing up to be wonderful women who embody his spirit, smile, and impish sense of humor. We are grateful for every moment that we were able to spend with him and take comfort in the legacy that he left with us. - Keri Wade surviving spouse