Scott Andrew Wirtz

Scott (Scotty) Andrew Wirtz was born 12-DEC 1976.  Scott’s parents David F. Wirtz and Saundra K. Smith Wirtz.  He had no siblings. Scott attended All Souls and St. Richard’s Catholic grade schools and is a graduate of De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis County Missouri.

Scott enlisted with the United States Navy in 1997.  He began the Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea Air Land training program at Coronado, California graduating on 24-APR 1998.

Scott achieved his life-long dream of joining the U.S. Navy to become a Navy SEAL.  Scott served as a Navy SEAL for eight years. He spent most of his Navy career from 1998 to 2005 assigned to the Coronado, California based SEAL Team 5, where he specialized as a sniper. He served tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and deployed to locations in Africa, the Philippines and South Korea.

During his tenure in the Navy, he was awarded:

  • Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • Two Good Conduct Medals
  • National Defense Medal
  • Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism as a DIA civilian.
  • Expert Marksman

Throughout his enlistment, Scott served several combat deployments before ending his service in 2005 at the rank of petty officer second class.

After serving in the Navy, he spent years working for military security contracting groups before joining the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2017 as an operations support specialist, charged with overseeing operations to collect human intelligence. He served three deployments to the Middle East in the role.

On 16-JAN 2019, while on assignment in Syria, Scott and three other Americans were killed by an Islamic State suicide bomber.Also killed were:

  • Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida.
  • Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35, of Pine Plains, New York.
  • Arabic interpreter Ghadir M. Taher, 27, of Atlanta, Georgia.

The four were killed in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Wednesday, 16-JAN 2019. The attack, which also wounded three U.S. troops, was the deadliest assault on U.S. troops in Syria since American forces went into the country in 2015.

Scott Andrew Wirtz is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

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