Scott Andrew “Scotty” Wirtz

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: St. Louis, MO

Branch of Service: U.S. Navy

Rank: Petty Officer 2nd Class

Scott Andrew Wirtz graduated BUDs/Class 216 in 1998 and served with SEAL Team 5 until 2005. He completed multiple deployments across the globe. After eight distinguished years with the SEAL Teams, he transitioned into contracting, ultimately serving with the Defense Intelligence Agency. On his third deployment and 24th trip to a combat zone, Wirtz was killed by a suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.

Scotty was a distinguished athlete whose grit, determination, and tenacity made him an ideal SEAL. He loved fishing, friends, and seeing the world. Scotty was a devoted patriot, full of life and love for his country. He had a laid-back personality and an insatiable laugh.

Wirtz was the recipient of four Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Commendation Medal, a Joint Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, as well as Expert Rifle and Expert Pistol Medals.

Age: 42

Date of Death: January 16, 2019

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