November 4, 2016
Name: SSG James Moriarty
Hometown: Houston, Texas
DOB: January 27, 1989 DOD: November 4, 2016
Entered Service: September 13, 2011
Deployments: Moriarty deployed three times to the CENTCOM AO and to Jordan.
Units: 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Education: Special Forces Diving Supervisor Course, the Combat Diver Qualification Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course; Advance Leader Course; Basic Leader Course; the Special Forces Sniper Course; the Joint Terminal Attack Controller Course; the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course; and the Basic Airborne Course.
Awards and Decorations: Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2), the Army Service Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Special Operations Diving Supervisor Badge.
Moriarty was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Survived By: James is survived by his mother, Cindy Moriarty of Kerrville, Texas, his father, Jim Moriarty of Houston, Texas, and his sisters, Rebecca and Melissa Moriarty of Houston, Texas.
On November 4, 2016, SSG Moriarity and other Special Forces soldiers were returning to a Jordanian Military base in Jafr, Jordan. Here they staged missions to train and equip foreign fighters opposing Bashar al-Assad regime in nearby Syria. As they entered the security checkpoint into the base, they came under fire by a Jordanian Guard at the gate. Tragically, three soldiers died from wounds sustained during the attack.