A the father of a Texas Green Beret who was killed in a friendly fire incident in Jordan is speaking out shortly after his loss, hoping the story of his son’s death will bring about change.
“I don’t want to come out here and bawl my soul in front of you,” Jim Moriarty told the crowd as he choked-up.” I want… to be like my son.”
Those were the words of Jim Moriarty -father of 27-year-old 5th Special Forces Group Sergeant Jimmy Moriarty- as he spoke to the Rotary Club in Sugar Land on Wednesday about the loss of his son.
Still choking on his words, he reflected on the sacrifice the younger Moriarty made- when he was mercilessly gunned down by what was supposed to be a friendly soldier in a safe zone outside of a Jordanian base.
“The gunman opened fire on my son. Fortunately, one other survivor on this mission, only armed with his pistol, takes this guy down,” said the elder Moriarty. “One radicalized Muslim changed the game and he murdered my son.”
According to ABC13, Moriarty spoke against the war, citing that the Iraq War was a mistake.
“Let me tell you the real price of war. It’s not money. It’s our kids,” said Moriarty.
Moriarty was expecting to share this message with Hillary Clinton, whom he has known since the nineties and was expecting to be president in 2017. In 1992, a photo was taken at a fundraiser he held for her, with Clinton holding his then three-year-old son.
The Department of Defense has yet to release what happened during the incident, only saying the soldiers “died of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base,” in a statement.
Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Lawrence, Kansas and Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, Arizona, were also killed during the incident.
Sergeant Moriarty’s service will be held on Saturday.
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