Etienne J Murphy

Snellville, Georgia

May 26, 2017

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Spc

1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia

 Died in Al-Hasakah, Syria, of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover related incident. The incident is under investigation.

SPC Etienne J. Murphy
May 17, 1995 May 26, 2017
Etienne J. Murphy, SPC, U.S. Army, 22, of Snellville passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 while serving a tour of duty in Syria; he was a part of Operation Inherent Resolve. He was a loving husband and son, an amazing father to his two boys and a friend to many. He spent his days constantly joking and making anyone who came across him smile. He did everything he set out to do in his career and life and although, his life was cut short, his name will never be forgotten. He is survived by his loving wife, children, parents, brothers and a host of loving relatives and friends. 
The Defense Department on Saturday identified the U.S. service member who died Friday in Syria while participating in Operation Inherent Resolve.

Spc. Etienne Murphy, 22, died in Al-Hasakah, Syria, of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover related incident, according to the Pentagon. 

The incident is under investigation.

Murphy was an infantryman assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. He was on his first deployment, according to information released by U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Murphy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and enlisted in the Army from his hometown of Snellville, Georgia, in June 2013, according to USASOC. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, Murphy served in 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, which is part of the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, at Fort Drum, New York.

In October 2015, Murphy volunteered to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment, successfully completing airborne school and Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served as an anti-tank gunner.

His awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the NATO Medal and the Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with Campaign Star.

Murphy was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal. 

There are about 6,000 American troops spread between Iraq and Syria, where this week Marine Corps artillery crews established a firebase from which U.S. forces intend to attack Islamic State group targets in and around Raqqa.

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