Master Sgt. Robert M. Horrigan
Senior Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
7th Special Forces Group
(Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC
KIA June 17, 2005 in western Iraq when his unit
was attacked with enemy small arms fire during combat operations
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His awards and decorations included two Bronze Star Medals, one with Valor Device, the Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation
Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal
with bronze service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the
Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service
Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantrymanís Badge, the Expert
Infantrymanís Badge, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Scuba Diver's
Badge, the Ranger Tab and the Special Forces Tab.
He was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and the
Horrigan is survived by his wife Denise, his daughter Courtney, his mother Mary, his sister Lisa Shine, his twin
brother John and brother Daniel.
Master Sgt. Robert M. Horrigan died June 17, 2005 in western Iraq when his unit
was attacked with enemy small arms fire during combat operations.
He was born Jan. 13, 1965 in Limestone, Maine. Horrigan enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in May 1984. He served with
various units to include the 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga. After a brief
separation from active duty, he reenlisted and was assigned to the 5th Ranger
Training Battalion serving as a team leader and Ranger instructor. In February
1991, he volunteered for Special Forces and graduated from the Special Forces
Qualification Course in September 1991. Horrigan was then assigned to the 1st
Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) here where he served as a
Senior Special Forces weapons sergeant.
He completed several significant military courses while in the U. S. Army to include the Basic Airborne Course,
the Ranger Course, the Jungle Warfare Training Course, the Instructor Training Course, the Special Forces
Assessment and Selection Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Spanish Language Course,
Jumpmaster Course, the Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, the Scuba Course, the Special Forces Dive
Supervisor Course, the Military Freefall Course, the Military Freefall
Jumpmaster Course, and the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course. Upon his graduation from Ranger School in 1985, Horrigan was awarded the Merrillís Marauder Award.
He competed in the 1987 Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Ga., where he placed second.
**Information from SFAHQ.com, The Department of Defense,
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