Kerrville soldier killed in Middle East

Staff Sgt. James Moriarty killed in Jordan


WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Defense Department has announced the death of three American soldiers in Jordan during Operation Inherent Resolve.

One of them was Staff Sgt. James Moriarty from Kerrville, Texas.

Moriarty, Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Lawrence, Kansas and Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, Arizona were killed Friday.

All three men were Green Berets.

Officials said the men died when their convoy came under fire while entering a Jordanian military base.

The incident remains under investigation.

The men were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Operation Inherent Resolve started in 2014 to fight ISIS.

According the the military newspaper, Star and Stripes, Moriarty was a five-year veteran of the military and his second overseas mission. He had been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The paper also reported that with the three deaths, a total of seven Americans have been killed while fighting the Islamic State.