The Pentagon says an Oregon soldier was among four who died Sunday when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
The victim was identified Tuesday as 24-year-old Pfc. Cody J. Patterson of Philomath.
A Department of Defense statement says Patterson was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.
It said the attack happened in the Zhari district.
Assistant principal Jon Bartlow told KGW-TV (http://bit.ly/19xbemB ) that Patterson "was a wonderful kid . . . a genuine leader" and captain of the football team.
According to a count kept by the Oregon governor's office, Patterson would be the 141st member of the military from Oregon or with strong ties to Oregon to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.