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Army ID's 3 Highly Decorated Green Berets Killed in Jordan After Convoy Comes Under Fire


Army ID's 3 Highly Decorated Green Berets Killed in Jordan After Convoy Comes Under Fire (U.S. Army)

The three elite U.S. Army soldiers killed outside a Jordanian military base last week have been identified as longtime soldiers who each served multiple tours of duty overseas.

Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, and Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27 were killed Friday when officials say their convoy came under fire while entering the base. 

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All three were highly decorated Green Berets, the Special Forces of the United States Army. They were members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Matthew Lewellen, of Lawrence, Kansas, had more than six years of service in the Army. He was on his second overseas tour.

Lewellen's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal.

Kevin McEnroe was a native of Tucson, Arizona, with more than eight years of service in the Army.

This was McEnroe's third overseas tour. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 2), and Army Service Ribbon.

Kerrville, Texas, native James Moriarty had been in the Army more than five years. This was his second overseas tour.

Moriarty's awards include the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 2), and Army Service Ribbon.

The circumstances surrounding their death are under investigation, according to an Army statement. But according to The New York Times, an unnamed Jordanian official said the men failed to heed instructions from gate guards at King Faisal air base to stop their vehicle.

"The three service members were in Jordan on a training mission, and the initial report is that they came under fire as they were entering the facility in vehicles," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Friday. "We are working closely with the government of Jordan to determine exactly what happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of these service members."

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Moriarty's father, a former Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War, paid tribute to his son in a Facebook post after learning of the tragedy. 

"This is a young man who loved serving in the Army, was where he wanted to be, doing what he wanted to do," James Moriarty said on Facebook. "My heart also grieves for the parents and families of his two team mates who were also killed. Rest in peace gentlemen, we honor your service."

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