SSG James F. Moriarty was born on January 27, 1989 and raised in Houston, Texas. He enlisted in the US Army on September 13, 2011. He attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection in May of 2012 and was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course. He graduated in December 2013 as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant. Upon graduation, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He has deployed three times to the Central Command Area of Responsibility in support of contingency operations.
SSG Moriarty’s military schools included the Special Forces Diving Supervisor Course, the Combat Diver Qualification Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course; Advance Leader Course; Basic Leader Course; the Special Forces Sniper Course; the Joint Terminal Attack Controller Course; the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course; and the Basic Airborne Course.
SSG Moriarty’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2), the Army Service Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Special Operations Diving Supervisor Badge.
SSG Moriarty is survived by his mother, Cindy Moriarty of Kerrville, Texas, his father, Jim Moriarty of Houston, Texas, and his sisters Rebecca and Melissa Moriarty.