Patrick R. Hurley
Sergeant Major, United States Army
of the U.S. Mountain Ranger Association
Sergeant Major Patrick R. Hurley entered the
Army in 1972 and initially served with the 27th Engineer Battalion, XVIII
Airborne Corps. Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It was during this first assignment
that SGM Hurley volunteered for and
In 1975, Sergeant Major Hurley volunteered for the newly formed 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington and served honorably as an anti-tank team leader and as the anti-tank section leader.
It was here in mid-1987 that Sergeant Major Hurley first volunteered to serve with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta. After his selection and training, SGM Hurley served with distinction in such operations as Desert One in Iran.
In 1985, Sergeant Major Hurley once again volunteered to serve with his beloved Rangers, this time as a First Sergeant of Company C of the newly formed 3rd Ranger Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sergeant Major Hurley served for 18 months with Charlie Rock and set the example in all that he did for subordinates, peers, and superiors alike. Sergeant Major Hurley served in Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm in Southwest Asia.
Sergeant Major Patrick R. Hurley was killed
while returning from a Special Forces mission on February 21, 1991 during
Operation Desert Storm. He fully knew the hazards of his chosen profession
and always upheld the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps
of the Rangers.