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'Lone Survivor' stirs emotions for friends of fallen Boulder City SEAL

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A photo of Shane Patton at The Coffee Cup in Boulder City. (Arron Healy/FOX5) A photo of Shane Patton at The Coffee Cup in Boulder City. (Arron Healy/FOX5)
Shane Patton's grave marker at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. (Arron Healy/FOX5) Shane Patton's grave marker at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. (Arron Healy/FOX5)
Shane Patton, second from right, with his Navy SEAL team prior to Operation Red Wings. (Courtesy: U.S. Navy) Shane Patton, second from right, with his Navy SEAL team prior to Operation Red Wings. (Courtesy: U.S. Navy)
BOULDER CITY, NV (FOX5) -

Based on the eponymous book, Lone Survivor opened in theaters nationwide on Friday to generally positive reviews.

The film details the events of Operation Red Wings, a June 28, 2005 mission in Afghanistan to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. A four-man Navy SEAL team was surrounded by Taliban fighters. Three members of the team and 16 rescuers were killed, with book co-author Marcus Luttrell being the only survivor.

Among those killed was 22-year-old Shane Patton of Boulder City. The film is stirring strong emotions among the Navy SEAL's family and friends.

Patton's friends said that despite some initial reservations about the film, they are glad Hollywood is telling his story.

"It definitely hit home that day, for all of Boulder City," said friend Lindsay Hogue.

Patton is well remembered in his hometown, his picture adorning a wall at The Coffee Cup in downtown.

Not far away, at The Dillinger restaurant and bar, an oil painting of Patton greets customers. At Boulder City High School, his baseball jersey hangs on a wall.

Across town, a field is named after him at Veterans Memorial Park.

"Shane was very humble, very private," Hogue said. "He was not one to brag about anything."

Patton is buried at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

"My first instinct was that the movie was going to be too Hollywood," Patton's friend, Joel Pepper, said.

When the film started garnering positive reviews, Patton's friends got behind it.

"They did the movie justice. They stayed true to the book," friend Brandon Tretton said.

"I'm going to be rooting for him, but in the back of your head you already know the outcome of the movie," said Pepper.

"I hope I don't cry. I hope I stay strong. I know Shane wouldn't want me to cry," Hogue said.

Patton's friends and family set up a scholarship in his name which awards $1,000 to a Boulder City High School senior each year.

To raise money for the scholarship, Patton's friends will hold a pub crawl on April 12. For information, send an email to thedillingergroup@gmail.com.

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