Hurt, David Lee, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18Z-Special Forces Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2008-2009, 18Z, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A)
Service Years
1992 - 2009
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Special Forces


Master Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oak Park, Illinois
Last Address
Grays Creek, NC
Buried at Green Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Parkton, North Carolina.

Casualty Date
Feb 20, 2009
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2009, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2009, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Master ParachutistPathfinder BadgeAir Assault Badge

 Unit Assignments
307th Engineer Battalion37th Engineer BattalionUS Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)3rd Special Forces Group Airborne
Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A)
  1993-1997, 12B10, 307th Engineer Battalion
  1997-1999, 12B10, 37th Engineer Battalion
  1999-2000, 18C, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  2000-2005, 18C, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne/2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group
  2005-2008, 18Z, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  2008-2009, 18Z, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group/B Company
  2008-2009, 18Z, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2002 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2003-2003 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation I (2001-06)
  2003-2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  2009-2010 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation III (2009-11)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Killed in Action on Feb. 20, 2009

Operation Enduring Freedom

Master Sgt. David L. Hurt, 36, died of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device during a mounted combat reconnaissance patrol. He was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha operations sergeant assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2009 as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan. This was his fifth deployment in support of the Global War on Terror.

Hurt, a native of Oak Park, Ill., volunteered for military service and entered the Army in November 1992, as a Combat Engineer trainee. After basic and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he was assigned to Co. C, 307th Engineer Bn., 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. from the rank of private to Staff Sgt. He then was assigned to Co. C, 37th Engineer Bn., 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg.

Hurt completed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection prior to being assigned to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C., in August 1999 for Special Forces training. He earned the coveted “Green Beret” in May 2000 and was assigned to 2nd Bn., 3rd SFG(A) at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a Special Forces engineer sergeant. Hurt was then assigned to the USAJFKSWCS Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. He served as a Small Group Leader at the Basic Noncommissioned Officer and Warrior Leader Course from March 2005 to March 2008. Hurt returned to the 3rd Special Forces Group and was assigned to Co. B, 1st Bn., as an operations sergeant in March 2008.

Hurt’s military education includes the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Sniper Course, Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Pathfinder Course, Ranger Course, Jumpmaster Course, Sapper Leader Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Special Forces Advanced Recon and Target Exploitation Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrior Leaders Course, and Special Forces Qualification Course.

Some of his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with one OLC, the Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with a three OLC, Joint Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal with four OLC, the Combat Infantry Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drivers Badge, the Valorous Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

Hurt is survived by his wife Kelly, daughter Avery and son Wyatt, all of Grays Creek, N.C.; mother Bonnie Hurt of Hope Mills, N.C. and father Joe Hurt of Memphis, Tenn.


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