KIA June 17, 2005
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
On June 17, 2005, MSG Robert Horrigan and MSG Michael McNulty stormed a known compound of Abu al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq. Horrigan and McNulty were the first to enter the doors of the compound when they were hit by an enemy ambush. When they were shot by enemy fire the call for help went out immediately, “TWO EAGLES DOWN.” Horrigan died instantly from his wounds and McNulty died a few hours later. He is survived by his wife, Denise; daughter, Courtney; mother, Mary; sister, Lisa; twin brother, John and brother, Daniel.
Robert enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman in May 1984 and served with various units to include the 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. After a brief separation from active duty, he reenlisted and was assigned to the 5th Ranger Training Battalion serving as a team leader and Ranger instructor. In February 1991 he volunteered for Special Forces and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course. From September 1991 and for the rest of his career, Robert served various units within the Army’s Special Operations Command. As a result of all his leadership and accomplishments, Robert rose to become one of America’s most respected battlefield warriors. Robert deployed to Afghanistan three times and deployed to Iraq five times.
Robert and his twin brother, John, were avid outdoorsman, loved turkey and deer hunting, as well as fishing. They did everything together, to include joining the Army the same day. Robert was an aspiring bladesmith whose knives are cherished around the world. He was looking past his 19-year career and wanted to buy a plot of land in Central Texas where he would retire with his wife and daughter and become a Master Bladesmith. Before he retired, he volunteered for one last deployment with his Delta Force brothers. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, the Legion of Merit, and the Purple Heart.
MSG Robert Horrigan was 40 years old from Austin, TX.
Original portrait was presented April 4, 2008 to Robert’s twin brother, John, at his home in Burnet, Texas.
Sponsored for family by:
Michael Rater, Frisco, Texas