St. Louis man, soldier stationed in KY among Americans killed in Syria

St. Louis man, Fort Campbell, KY soldier killed in Syria explosion

(KFVS) - The victims of an explosion in Syria earlier this week have been identified.

The Department of Defense announced the identities of one soldier, one sailor and one DOD civilian who they say were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

St. Louis born, DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an operations support specialist.

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement:

“With heavy hearts, my wife Erin and I extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Scott Wirtz and the St. Louis community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. As we honor Scott’s life and memory, may we never forget his courage and exemplary service to our nation.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)

Rep. Jason Smith tweeted his condolences:

“I am deeply saddened to hear that Scott A. Wirtz, a former Navy SEAL and fellow Missourian, was among those killed by the terrorist attack in Syria this week. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”
Rep. Jason Smith

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37 of Boynton Beach, Florida was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin recognized Farmer’s sacrifice. His service arrangements are not yet complete according to KY officials. Gov. Bevin will order flags lowered to half-staff in his honor on the date of interment, and encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.

Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent was assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Kent is 35 of upstate New York.

Farmer, Kent and Wirtz died Jan. 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device.

The incident is being investigated.

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