Robert was born January 13th, 1965 in Limestone, Maine. Robert graduated in 1984 from Crockett High School in Austin, Texas. He then enlisted in the United States Army after graduation and served in 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Benning, Ga. In 1991 he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Ft. Bragg, NC. His last assignment was with the United States Army Special Operations Command. Robert had completed tours in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Master Sgt. Horrigan’s awards and decorations included the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the 6th award of the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Campaign Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO medal, the Ranger Tab, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Diver’s Badge. Robert was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and the Purple Heart. MSG Robert Horrigan died in Iraq on June 17th, 2005 (“Bringin’ it to’em!”). Robert was the best of the best serving his country while protecting everyone’s right to life and liberty. This was Robert’s fifth and final tour to Iraq and was to return home in July and retire in April 2006. “Every man dies but not every man truly lives…” Robert truly lived — for family, for nation and for the guys next to him.
MSG Robert Horrigan, KIA June 17, 2005. “On June 17, 2005 Master Sgt. Robert Horrigan and Master Sgt. Michael McNulty stormed a known compound of Abu al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq who had waged a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings on our troops and the citizens of 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 hit 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.”