US Invasion of Syria
Defense Department identifies soldier killed in Syria
May 27, 2017
A U.S. service member was killed in northern Syria on Thursday.
Etienne J. Murphy, 22, was an infantryman assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Spc. Murphy, died in Al-Hasakah, Syria, of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover related incident, according to the Pentagon.
Officials said he was on his first deployment.
He was born in May 1995 in Boston and enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Snellville, Georgia in June 2013.
The Army said Murphy’s awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge, Army Achievement Medal with 3 OLC, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with Campaign Star.
Murphy was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
The United States has slightly more than 900 military personnel in Syria to advise and assist Kurdish and Arab rebel forces fighting ISIS.
Two other American service members have died in Syria since U.S. troops arrived there in early 2016.
Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, was killed by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria on Nov. 24, 2016.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin L. Bieren, 25, died from suspected natural causes while deployed to northern Syria on March 28.