Greater Tulsa Reporter
NEVER FORGOTTEN: Sergeant Schuyler B. Patch was recently honored for his service in the 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of Kewanee, Ill. Patch was killed in action during his third deployment in Afghanistan. U.S. Highway 169 from 86th Street North to 96th Street North was named in his honor. At the ceremony were, from left, State Senator Rick Brinkley, State Representative David Derby, Colleen Stevens, Schuyler’s mother, Rick Stevens, Colleen’s husband, and Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo.
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Owasso community members recently gathered to honor Sergeant Schuyler B. Patch. The Owasso soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan while assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of Kewanee, Ill.
Patch lived in Owasso for a number of years before transferring to the Illinois Army National Guard in 2007. He was serving in his third deployment at the time of his death.
Sen. Rick Brinkley and Rep. David Derby this year authored Senate Bill 1320, naming U.S. Highway 169 from 86th Street North to 96th Street North the Sergeant Schuyler B. Patch Memorial Highway.
“After I took office, the first phone call I received was from Schuyler’s mom wanting to know what we could do to carry on the memory of her son,” Brinkley says. “That stuck with me.”
Owasso has currently lost four soldiers in Afghanistan. Patch is currently the second soldier to have a portion of the highway dedicated to him. Christopher Horton received the portion of Highway 169 from 96th St. North to 106th St. North. Plans for dedication for the remaining two soldiers are in the works.
“Sergeant Patch was an honorable man who served in the war in Afghanistan,” Derby says. “It is absolutely appropriate to express our thanks to him in this way.”
“My hope is that kids will see the sign on the highway and wonder who Schuyler is and look him up and understand that his memory is still alive and appreciate that, if for just the moment,” says Brinkley.