Patrick Feeks was born on October 8, 1983, in Santa Clara, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy to attend the Naval Academy Prep School at Newport, Rhode Island, on July 17, 2002, and was honorably discharged on February 28, 2003. Feeks again enlisted in the Navy on April 5, 2006, and went on active duty to begin basic training on November 2, 2006. He completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in January 2007, and then attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training at NAB Coronado, California, from January to October 2007. After completing Advanced SEAL training, Petty Officer Feeks served with SEAL Team THREE at NAB Coronado from May 2008 until he was killed in action when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter he was aboard was shot down over Afghanistan on August 16, 2012. Patrick Feeks was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
His Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:
For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as lead communicator and sniper for Naval Special Warfare 1324, in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from December 2011 to August 2012. Petty Officer Feeks demonstrated great skill and bravery in 86 combat operations and 33 hours of troops-in-contact that resulted in 37 enemy killed in action. On 26 April 2012, during a combat patrol to Chorgol village, his unit was attacked by 15 Taliban fighters in three positions. Petty Officer Feeks immediately maneuvered to a high ground position and engaged the enemy with precision sniper fire. As the volume and accuracy of the enemy contact increased, he maneuvered into the open from his covered fighting position to man the Mk-47 automatic grenade launcher. With disregard for his personal safety, he exposed himself to the enemy and engaged multiple positions with a sustained rate of 40 millimeter grenades, while communicating with two armed air assets. His actions contributed to six enemy killed in action and increased security of Chorgol village. By his extraordinary courage, zealous initiative and total dedication to duty, Petty Officer Feeks reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.