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Native featured in National Geographic documentary

John Lowe /New Concord Leader Published: September 13, 2010 6:40 AM


An area native — among those featured in a National Geographic documentary about a U.S. Army platoon deployed in a hot zone in Afghanistan — will return to attend the film’s premiere at Premiere Theater in Cambridge this week.

Returning home will be 1st Sgt. Mark Patterson.

He will see the Cambridge premiere of “Restrepo: One Platoon, One Year, One Valley,” a film by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger.

After the showing, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10, Patterson will answer any questions posed by the audience.

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“Restrepo” offers an up-close view of the soldiers in Battle Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade deployed to the six-mile long Korengal Valley on the eastern border, near Pakistan.

The Korengal Valley is considered one of the most dangerous posts in the country — the epicenter of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, through which Taliban fighters attempt to move from Pakistan to Kabul.

Film aficionados may remember one of the film’s co-producers, Sebastian Junger, as the author of “A Perfect Storm.”

He and co-producer Tim Hetherington spent a year living in the valley with the soldiers and filming them in camp and in battle.

In a companion book to the film, Junger described 1st Sgt. Patterson as the epitome of calm in the midst of battle.

Patterson, an Army airborne ranger, has served in the military for 14 years.

A son of Carol and Buck Patterson of New Concord, he is a 1996 graduate of John Glenn High School.

He will arrive home on leave from his fourth overseas deployment (one to Iraq and three to Afghanistan).

He will be home for about 12 days before returning to Afghanistan, said his mother, Carol Patterson.




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