Patrick Howard Roy was born on March 6, 1981 in Washington, D.C., to Michael Roy and Kathy Brown.
He graduated from Storm King High School, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, in 1999, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 28, 1999.
After completing Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois, on Oct 5, 1999, Roy was a student at Surface Warfare Engineering School, also at Great Lakes, completing training on Oct. 28, 1999. He reported to USS Cole (DDG 67) on Nov. 16, 1999. He advanced to fireman apprentice on May 16, 2000.
Roy was killed in the line of duty when a terrorist bomb was detonated along the port side of the ship while it was refueling in Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 12, 2000.
Fireman Apprentice Roy was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, and the rank of fireman.
Sources: USS Cole (DDG 67) Med Cruise 2000 (Aug. 8–Nov. 3, 2000) Cruise Book in the collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Navy Department Library. Awards and citations are sourced from the service member’s official military personnel file and listed in the Navy Department Awards Web Service site and may not be complete.