Etienne J. Murphy

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Snellville, GA

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Rank: Specialist

Specialist Etienne J. Murphy entered the Army in 2013 as an Infantryman. He first served in 2-22 Inf., 1st BCT, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY. After Airborne School and the rigorous Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, Etienne was an Anti-Tank Gunner in Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield. He died during his first deployment, in Syria, posthumously receiving the Army Commendation Medal.

Etienne loved working with his father, doing everything he saw his dad do. Humble and wanting the best for everyone, Etienne left an impact on others, not just an impression, encouraging them to do and be their best. He led his JROTC program to win numerous awards. He always fought for what he believed in, without regard for his safety or life, overcoming all obstacles to achieve his goals.

Etienne loves God, his family, and his country. Being the best son, brother, father, and husband molded him into the awesome, loving, young man he became. He loved fishing, skateboarding, and video gaming. He is my true American hero. Please always remember and never forget SPC Etienne Jules Murphy. He was thinking about all of you when he was in Syria.

Age: 22

Date of Death: May 26, 2017

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