Hurley, Patrick, SGM

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Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1987-1987, 11Z, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Years
1972 - 1991

Sergeant Major

Six Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

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United States
United States
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Feb 21, 1991
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
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Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Order of Saint Michael (Gold)

 Military Association Memberships
Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank ChapterN/AIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)Military Order of the Purple Heart
Armed Forces E9 AssociationWorldwide Army RangersUS Mountain Ranger AssociationN/A
  1987, Special Forces Association, 1, Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank Chapter (Executive Officer) (Fayetteville, North Carolina) - Chap. Page
  1987, Special Operations Association (SOA-MACV), N/A (Member) [Verified]
  1990, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1991, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1991, Armed Forces E9 Association [Verified]
  1991, Worldwide Army Rangers
  1991, US Mountain Ranger Association
  1991, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Master Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)Pathfinder BadgeScuba Diver

 Unit Assignments
XVIII Airborne CorpsArmy Ranger School2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1973-1975, 11B10, XVIII Airborne Corps
  1975-1975, 11B10, Army Ranger School
  1975-1984, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
  1975-1986, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
  1985-1990, 11Z, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
  1985-1991, 11Z, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
  1987-1987, 11Z, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1980-1980 Operation Eagle Claw (Iran)
  1983-1983 Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada)
  1989-1989 Operation Just Cause (Panama)
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait/Operation Desert Storm
 Colleges Attended 
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
  1991-1991, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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Patrick R. Hurley
Sergeant Major, United States Army
Courtesy of the U.S. Mountain Ranger Association

US Army Rangers


Sergeant Major Patrick R. Hurley entered the Army in 1972 and initially served with the 27th Engineer Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps. Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It was during this first assignment that SGM Hurley volunteered for and
completed the U.S. Army Ranger course and became a second-generation Ranger, following in the footsteps of his father, Robert Hurley, who served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion in World War II.

In 1975, Sergeant Major Hurley volunteered for the newly formed 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington and served honorably as an anti-tank team leader and as the anti-tank section leader.

It was here in mid-1987 that Sergeant Major Hurley first volunteered to serve with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta. After his selection and training, SGM Hurley served with distinction in such operations as Desert One in Iran.

In 1985, Sergeant Major Hurley once again volunteered to serve with his beloved Rangers, this time as a First Sergeant of Company C of the newly formed 3rd Ranger Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sergeant Major Hurley served for 18 months with Charlie Rock and set the example in all that he did for subordinates, peers, and superiors alike. Sergeant Major Hurley served in Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm in Southwest Asia.

Sergeant Major Patrick R. Hurley was killed while returning from a Special Forces mission on February 21, 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. He fully knew the hazards of his chosen profession and always upheld the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.
Updated:7 March 2003  Updated: 23 November 2003

He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery (Section 32, Grave 513).
Posted: 23 January 2002  Upated: 16 February 2002
US Army Special Forces

US Army Airborne

Purple Heart Medal


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