‘Devils’ honor retired CSM at memorial
CSM Patrick Stanton
Story by: Staff Sgt. Bernhard Lashleyleidner
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The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley honored retired Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Stanton in a memorial service July 11 at Morris Hill Chapel. Stanton died June 22.
Prior to the start of the memorial service Col. John Reynolds II, 1st ABCT commanding officer, presented Stanton's wife, Ami, with the Legion of Merit award for his extraordinary meritorious conduct.
Stanton retired from the military 18 June 2013.
"He proudly served his country with discipline and patriotism for about 29 years," said Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Espinosa Jr., 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., 1st ABCT.
Lt. Col. Ken Hutchinson, deputy G-3, 1st Inf. Div., said Stanton was an individual who left a lasting impression on those around him.
"In our careers as Soldiers and throughout life, we come across those rare individuals, who leave a lasting impression on us because of their virtue, talents and character. They influence and impress you. Command Sgt. Maj. Stanton was one of those individuals," Hutchinson said.
Stanton served with the 1st ABCT on two separate occasions during his career. He was with the 1st Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., from 1997 to 2000, and with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, from 2010 to 2012.
"He loved his Family dearly; the way he talked about his wife, Ami, you knew they were true partners and friends navigating through life," said Maj. Andrew Kiser, officer in charge of operations, 1st ABCT.
Espinosa described Stanton as a leader who empowered others.
"Patrick always empowered his subordinates to get every mission complete. He always accomplished his duties to the highest standard, thus allowing his officers maximum time to complete their duties," Espinosa said.
Stanton's awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal, one Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal, four Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal, 11 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal, four Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Good Conduct Medal, ninth award; National Defense Service Medal, second award; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait; Combat Action Badge; Wheeled and Tank Driver's Badge.
Stanton is survived by his wife, Ami; his children, Coleman and Nicole; his parents, Jack and Patricia Douglas; two brothers, Coleman and Byron; one sister, Bridget Gercken; along with aunts, uncles, a niece, nephews and cousins.