This Memorial Page Established by SFC Rod Brewer

Killed in Action on Feb. 20, 2009
Operation Enduring Freedom

Master Sgt. David L. Hurt, 36, died of wounds sustained during a mounted combat reconnaissance patrol. He
was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha operations sergeant assigned to Company B, 1st
Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2009 as a member of Combined Joint
Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. This was his fifth deployment in support of the Global War on
Hurt, a native of Oak Park, Ill., volunteering for military service and entered the Army in November 1992, as a
Combat Engineer trainee. After basic and advanced individual training at Fort Leonardwood, Mo., he was
assigned to Co C, 307th Engineer Bn, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., from the rank of private to
Staff Sgt. He was then assigned to Co C, 37th Engineer Bn, 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg.
Hurt completed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection prior to being assigned to the John F. Kennedy
Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C., in August 1999 for Special Forces training. He earned
the coveted "Green Beret" in May 2000 and was assigned to 2nd Bn. 3rd SFG(A) at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a
Special Forces engineer sergeant. Hurt was then assigned the USAJFKSWCS Non-Commissioned Officer
Academy. He served as a Small Group Leader at the Basic Non-Commissioned and War Leader Course from
March 2005 to March 2008. Hurt then returned to the 3rd Special Forces Group and was assigned to Co B, 1st
Bn. as an operations sergeant in March 2008.
Hurt's military education includes the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Sniper Course,
Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Pathfinder Course, Ranger Course, Jumpmaster Course, Sapper
Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Special Forces Advanced Recon and Target Exploitation Course,
Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrior Leaders
Course, and Special Forces Qualification Course.
Some of his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service
Medal with one OLC, the Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three OLC, Joint
Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal with four OLC, the Combat Infantry Badge, Special Forces
Tab, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air
Assault Badge, Drivers Badge, the Valorous Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
Hurt is survived by his wife Kelly, daughter Avery and son Wyatt, all of Grays Creek, N.C.; mother Bonnie
Hurt of Hope Mills, N.C. and father Joe Hurt of Memphis Tenn.


Rest easy, sleep well my brother, David.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell.

SFC Rod Brewer, Standing in Honor and Respect

April 01, 2017
MSgt Peter Pavenski USAF
I was a crew member onboard the rescue aircraft (Pedro) who recovered David from the battlefield..  Not a
single day has passed since that mission I haven't thought about him. We also just happen to share the exact
same date of birth too. My condolences to his family and friends. Please know we did everything we could to
save his life.  My heart goes out to you all.  God bless.

Aerial Gunner

June 23, 2016
Susan Riddle
You are thought of often and have changed so many lives for the better. Miss you.
Pray for Kelly and the kids.
May God bless your family always.

May 27, 2016
To Dave's family,

You are always in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel the love and guidance of God daily.
Dave made a huge impact on many a people's lives and for that we are grateful. We remember the good times
with Dave and the ultimate sacrifice given while trying to make the world a better place.

Jeff and Susan

15 June 2010
Joe B Hurt

This is 6-15-10.  David was my son. The soldiers that knew him can tell you more about is Army life than I can..
I only knew he was my son and I loved him and always told him. I wouldn't let him forget it.
I was so proud of him and the job he was doing. His schools and his medals an 6 more after he passed.
He was assigned Funeral Duty once and went to Arlington. He  told me, "Once you've seen a Military Funeral,
you will never forget It" Little did I know how right he was.
There is lots of heroes in my world---My Father & Mother and Brothers, but David was my Main Hero. Little
did I know how it affected  me until 20 Feb. '09
I could go on forever but I can't. He was well loved and respected and he was SPECIAL.  I ALWAYS SAID,
I miss you son.

27 Dec 2009
Scott Garrett
Dave was full speed at everything he did, if you met him once you would remeber him for life.  If you ever
wanted to know what right looked like you could just look at Dave.  A loving father and husband setting the
example for us all.  

August 15, 2009
When someone passes away who you knew, who you worked with, who you knew was a good person, it is
hard to take, even if everyone knew that danger and a possible death were there all along.

To his loved ones:  he will not be forgotten by those of us who were near him.  That he was such a good
person, and a good soldier...  another good man falls, we who remain will never forget, and we will honor

March 24, 2009
Kevin & Shawn Grullon
You will always be remembered.....

March 6, 2009
Master Sgt. David L. Hurt
United States Army
KIA 20 Februsray 2009, OEF
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