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MSG Robert (Bob) Horrigan Robert was born January 13th, 1965 in Limestone, Maine. Robert graduated in 1984 from Crockett High School in Austin, Texas. He then enlisted in the United States Army after graduation and served in 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Benning, Ga. In 1991 he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Ft. Bragg, NC. His last assignment was with the United States Army Special Operations Command. Robert had completed tours in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Master Sgt. Horrigan's awards and decorations included the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the 6th award of the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Campaign Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO medal, the Ranger Tab, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Diver's Badge. Robert was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and the Purple Heart. MSG Robert Horrigan died in Iraq on June 17th, 2005 ("Bringin' it to'em!"). Robert was the best of the best serving his country while protecting everyone's right to life and liberty. This was Robert's fifth and final tour to Iraq and was to return home in July and retire in April 2006. "Every man dies but not every man truly lives..." Robert truly lived -- for family, for nation and for the guys next to him. Robert was an avid outdoorsman and loved turkey and deer hunting, as well as fishing. He was an aspiring Bladesmith and was looking forward to obtaining his Master Smith with the American Bladesmith Society upon his retirement. His knives are cherished by many throughout the world. Robert excelled in all tasks that he pursued. Robert is preceded in death by his father, John P. Horrigan. He is survived by his wife, Denise, daughter, Courtney of Ft. Bragg, N.C., and his mother, Mary Horrigan of Belfast, Maine. He leaves a sister, Lisa Shine of Dayton, Ohio, twin brother, John, of Burnet, Texas, and younger brother, Daniel of Austin. He leaves five nephews, John Matthew Horrigan, Jack Shine, Paul Schwenk, Daniel and Timmy England; along with eight nieces, Karissa Reed, Sarah Brown, Kacey Schwenk; Jenny, Kate and Tori Hassmann and Danielle and Krystal Horrigan who all admired him. A wake will be held at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin on Friday, June 24th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be at St. Mary's Cathedral at 10th & Brazos in Austin on Saturday, June 25th at 10:00 a.m. Following the service, there will be a reception at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. Flowers or donations are most welcome and appreciated. Donations may be sent to the Robert M. Horrigan Memorial Fund at the Bank of America, 501 Congress Ave, Austin, Tx 78701. Disbursement of donations may be viewed at

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2005.
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May 25, 2014
It's Memorial Day weekend so of course u are on my mind. As u know, Memaw died last week so I'm praying that y'all have seen each other. It gives me comfort to know that y'all are together in heaven. I also know that u were with me when I had my car wreck and helped save me. I miss u so much. Thank u for everything u did for me, my family, and our country.
Lisa England
March 13, 2014
Hi! You probably wouldn't remember me, but I remember you. It has been 30 years ago that we graduated high school. I can't believe that it has been that long. We didn't meet until our senior year. There was a picture and article of you. The article was about war games, how prophetic? After high school, you went on to become the best of the best. I know your family is so proud of you but at the same time, miss you deeply. I wish we could have gotten to know each other better. I know God is happy to have you on His side. Hopefully sooner than later, whenever God decides, we'll meet up in heaven/paradise.

Many Blessings to the Horrigan Family!

Lisa Chambers Dickerson :)
January 13, 2014
Hey, I just wanted to wish u a happy birthday! I'm not sure what birthday celebrations are like in heaven but I'm sure you're having an amazing day! We think about u and talk about u daily. Actually, Timmy and other guys are going spear fishing tonight in memory of u. Tim thought it would be a great way to celebrate your bday since you're the one who taught them how to spear fish! Know your ears will be burning with all the stories that'll be told during the hot tub recap after fishing :) We all still love u so much and miss u more every day!
Lisa England
June 20, 2013
All day long Mon. I ached to feel you near, then that night we went out to eat at a restaurant on a river. And we watched an eagle about 40 feet away, catching fish. And I knew you were with me. Love, mom
mary horrigan
June 18, 2013
I'm sorry I didn't send u a message yesterday, but I was having a hard day thinking of u and missing you! I can't believe we lost you 8 years ago! Honestly, it feels like we just had your funeral yesterday. Every year I keep thinking it will get easier, but I actually miss you more and more as the years go by. I also wish you were here to guide Daniel and Timmy as they always benefited by your words of wisdom and encouragement when they shared their problems with you. At least we can be grateful and confident in the fact that you are still with us in spirit and watch over us. Thank you for being the wonderful man my sister was smart enough to marry so that we could all embrace you in our lives and in our hearts. Even now, you provide peace and encouragement to us when we remember your stories and the laughter and insight they provide. Thanks Robert!
Lisa England
June 17, 2013
To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Robert M. Horrigan:
It has truly been my honor to sign Robert's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Robert will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
May 27, 2013
It's Memorial Day, so of course we are all thinking of you and telling fond stories about you. I always thought I'd be honoring you on Veterans Day and not today. I'm sorry Robert. Tim, Dan, and I miss you more and more every year. But, we know how much you loved serving your country and we are so proud of you! Thank you for all you did! We still love you, miss you, and think of you every day!
Lisa England
January 13, 2013
Happy birthday! I'm sure you're going to have a great birthday in heaven! It's going to be a rough day for your twin brother though so I hope you'll be even more comforting to him and allow him to feel your spirit in his heart. I miss you so much. Enjoy your birthday with God. Love you tons!
Lisa England
January 7, 2013
I got to go with Wreaths Across America to lay a wreath on your grave at Arlington, and wish you Merry Christmas. So glad i could. I miss you so much. Your birthday would be Jan. 13, wish i could bake you something. Mom
January 6, 2013
Boys and I in Vegas for Timmy's 21st birthday
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I just wanted you to know that I thought about you a lot over the holidays and imagine Christmas is amazing in Heaven! As we were looking thru old photo albums we were reminiscing about you and how blessed we all were to have you in our family. Many funny stories were told, and of course lots of hunting stories! Thank you for all the special time you shared with Daniel and Timmy. You will never be forgotten Robert and are truly loved and missed!
Lisa England
January 4, 2013
I haven't seen Bob, since we were in Basic Tng together at Ft Benning. I remember him well, a great guy, always upbeat (even in basic tng). I was recently told by another Harmony Church alumni of his passing. Few people can make such an impression that you remember them so well after so much time. My belated sympathies to his family and loved ones, I'm very sorry for your loss.
Patrick O'Mullan
November 12, 2012
Thank you for leaving me with the words, "Don't worry about me, Sis. I'm in God's hands and that's a good place to be". But still You are missed so much. Every day I wake up and my first thought is to count my blessings. After 7 years, I still count your loss first and wish otherwise. You were right. You said if anything happened to you, that you would be fine, but we would have to deal with the rest. That has been very hard. I love you and miss you, especially your stories. I'm so glad that God left me your twin. John carries you with him as no one else can ever do. Looking at him is good for my soul. He's got my back too. Because he's golden, like you. Your sister, Lisa Michelle
Lisa Shine
November 11, 2012
It's Veterans Day today so of course I'm thinking about you! I'm so proud of you for serving our country. I just wish you didn't have to pay the ultimate price for us with your life. I know you're in heaven but we just miss you! I'm thanking a lot of military friends today for their service but you're the main person I'm thinking about. Anyway, we all miss you so much Robert. Thanks again for being our #1 veteran!
Lisa England
September 4, 2012
Hey was just thinking about you since it was your anniversary 2 days ago. I have happy memories of special things we did for your anniversary (while Daniel and Timmy patiently waited for you to go dove hunting with them since Sept. 1st was opening day to hunt). Timmy and daniel have also started duck hunting now and they love it. I miss hearing all the wonderful stories you told after y'all got back from hunting but mostly I just miss you!! You're still my favorite brother-in-law!! I love you and miss you more and more every day!!
Lisa England
June 17, 2012
To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Robert M. Horrigan:
Always remembering Robert. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
June 17, 2012
I guess I got to see this world for seven minutes before you. Now you've seen the other side for seven years. Seems like yesterday that Mark and Lisa came to the house. I guess I'm the one that's the hung jumper now. I sometimes tell people that we where born together, for some dumb reason I thought we would die together. I guess it doesn't work that way. Time doesn't heal all wounds, time helps is all. I love seeing you in my dreams. I sense your presence in the shop or when I'm hunting with the boys in New Mexico. I sometimes even see you in the bathroom mirror looking back at me. It's kinda of a bitter sweet thing. I love seeing you, but at the same time it hurts so much. You where the first person I ever knew. Your my best friend, always will be. I'm glad you got to die the way you would have choosen if you got to chose,(bringing it to e'm, zipping them up) surrounded by guys that loved you, and would have traded places with you if you had just asked. Your passing was the greatest thing that ever happened to me! you brought me back to God. It's thru his grace, and his love that I have been able to continue in this race. I know you'll be one of the first I see when I pass over, your waiting on me now. I'll finally feel whole then. Damn how I miss you.

John 15:13
John Horrigan
June 16, 2012
I think about you every day Robert and seem to miss you more and more as the years go by. I can't believe tomorrow is your 7 year anniversary as I feel like we just lost you yesterday. Daniel, Timmy, and I tell hunting and fishing stories about you constantly. Anyway, I just thought if I wrote you a note that I might feel better and I kinda do. I love you and miss you! You were an awesome brother-in-law!
Lisa England
May 30, 2012
May 29, 2012
Well here it is Memorial Day 5/28/2012 and I get this sad news about you. Since we moved away in 1984 to North Carolina my brother and I will talk about you and wished we knew you were here at Bragg I would have visited, only hour and half away. Now I look back over time when we first meet at St.Ignatius school, goodness I can't even remember the year but this is where my brother Jim and I first meet the Horiggan boy's :) I will always have found memories of the wonder years with you, John and Danny. Times like when I first learned how to shoot that curved bow in the woods next to your house, going hunting and fishing down at Barton Creek. Then there was the time we thought Danny got bitten by a snake at Barton Creek it was either you or John who carried Danny up that big hill and the other one of you ran ahead for help. Then of course Danny was picked on afterwards.
Robert I have to say that when I talk about my childhood the Horriggan boy's always comes up. The one thing that always comes out of my mouth is how you and John would catch snakes, how much you loved the outdoors and of course I said if those Horriggan boy's ever go in the Army they will be Special Forces it's in their blood. Then I read about some of your training and laugh because you already had it and that was just a refresher course. I'm not surprised at all to see you became an instructor it's a quality of leadership something you always had. I read a posting from your Mom that they were going to rename your street in your honor and she said that you would most likely laugh. That's because it nothing at all to you but it is everything to those around you. That is key to leadership it is not about you it is about others. Well if I ever make it back to Austin I'll stop by the house to try and catch up with John or Danny. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Before leaving I'm going to leave a few things.
First a poem for the family
In the Next Room
Death is nothing at all:
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you;
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone:
Wear no forced air or solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the
little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
Just around the corner. All is well.
-Canon Henry Scott Holland
Second to Robert some words that go with Taps.
Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky,
All is well,
Safely rest,
God is nigh.

Fading light,
Dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright,
From afar,
Drawing nigh,
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, as we go,
This we know,
God is nigh,
God is nigh.

Then good night,
Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright.
God is near,
Do not fear,
Friend, good night.

Goodnight Robert,

Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin
July 1, 2011
To the wife and daughter of MSG Robert Horrigan: I cannot imagine what the past six years have been like for you. After seeing his story on the Larue website, I feel compelled to give my simple condolences and thanks to your family for your sacrifice. Men like Robert make this country great. On this National holiday I will remember your husband and father, and my thoughts and prayers will be with you both. God Bless.
Terry Cook
June 18, 2011
June 17, 2011
To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Robert M. Horrigan:
Please accept my remembrance of Robert on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
September 10, 2010
Not a day goes by, that I don't miss you, son. We're going to renane part of the road you grew up on, after you. You'd probably laugh. I can't wait to be with you, again. LOve, Mom
Mary horrigan
July 28, 2010
Sitting at a beach cafe watching the waves cast away, I think of your smile and how it made me feel, so alive, so surreal. I just watch and wait, longing for a heart beat to renegotiate. But nothing happens the waves just keep slipping away, your gone, and I have to stay.
Courtney Horrigan
July 16, 2010
To the Family of Master SGT. Robert M Horrigan,
I am overwhelmed by the story of Robert. He is a true Hero and I thank him for his 19 1/2 years of service to our Country's freedom. If there is ever anyone to be more like Christ, it is the Men & Women like Robert. He died for us, while trying to save us and protect our freedom. There really is no greater love!! God Bless You All, & I look forward to meeting Robert one day when I too am with the Lord. I look forward to shaking his hand and saluting such a honorable and humble person. I too believe we will all get the chance to thank him and honor him, while we live in Paradice for enternity with him. God Bless you all!! I will never forget his story. Sincerily, Teri M. Smith
Teri Smith
June 17, 2010
To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Robert M. Horrigan:
Remembering Robert on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
July 27, 2009
I hope this entry finds you and your daughter doing well. That has certainly been my prayer for both of you. I was so saddened to hear of Robert's death - I had just been in Ohio and visited with his sister Lisa. She was full of love and pride for him.
I will continue to pray for you and yor daughter. I would love to hear from you - my email is or

(Hopefully you remember that we went to high school together.)
JoAnna (Stolle) Robbins
June 17, 2009
To the family of Master Sgt. Robert M. Horrigan:
Robert gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
June 17, 2009
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Kenna Larra
May 24, 2009
You will never be forgotten......Thank you and all the other quiet professionals.
Paul "Cujo" Conde'
March 25, 2009
Thank you John. God Bless.
Michael Killackey
January 16, 2009
even though this post is a little late i still think of living in north carolina and growing up with robert and the rest of you as my family, i talk to my mom about you all the time and every night before i go to bed i think of you and uncle robert. I love you all so much, and i just want to say thank you for being a part of my life.
P.S. i will be wanting to visit you soon.
Connor McElroy
December 11, 2008
God Bless you...
Laurence Weatherly
December 11, 2008
My condolences to his family. Bob is a great human being and a top notch operator. Bob's sacrifices to his country and men can be read in the Sean Naylor's book.
long nguyen
July 8, 2008
I am working with Operation Honor our Heroes, and just want to say Thank You for ALL that you gave! I love my freedom, and am trying to do something for the men and women who make that possible!

Stay Golden.
June 26, 2008
Words cannot describe the sacrifice that you made for your country. You will be missed.
June 18, 2008
In Memory of Robert ~ (Debra Estep)
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”

I did not know Robert, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008

The Other Side –


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
May 12, 2008
Thank you for your service, you are remembered and never forgotten, may God continue to give your family His comfort and peace.
Jenny Wankmueller
May 4, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Master Sgt Horrigan!
April 10, 2008
Never have I been so inspired by someone that I had never met. My first contact with MSG Horrigan was saluting at his funeral. My life hasn't been the same since, and I have chosen a new path because of the sacrifice of Robert and his family. Rest easy MSG and thank you for your service. You are an inspiration and example for all of us and will never be forgotten.
Damian McKeon
February 6, 2008
Robert took me under his wing in 1987 when I first arrived to alpha co. in 3rd Bn, 1st plt. He made sure I got up to speed and looked out for me, sharing his knowledge , experience and friendship, Not because he had to but because that was him. He made a life long impact on me and news of his death saddens me deeply. He was a true patriot and an honorable man. May god bless the Horrigan family , Bobs wife and daughter. Draw comfort from your fond memories and the love your family has for one of Gods finest. Rest in peace my brother , mentor and friend RLTW Everett M. Cheney Aco.1st plt 3/75 Rgr Bn.
Everett M. Cheney
December 26, 2007
Adam Haynes
November 20, 2007
Mighty hunter
November 20, 2007
Ranger Bob
November 20, 2007
Our last Christmas
November 20, 2007
Ready to go
November 20, 2007
Good day
November 20, 2007
Bob in Afghanistan
November 15, 2007
Prayer for the living and those that have passed………

Oh Great Usen he walks with you now
Oh Great Spirit be with us always and give us strength
Let our prayers be heard, felt and shared
Heal our pain but do not let us forget
The smiles, the laughter, the good times
Let my Family be our strength and
Let those who have gone before us hear our prayers
That they remain by our side always and
That we remember them always
When we feel the wind and see the sun rise
And on the moonlit night when you hear
The silence or the Night Eagle (Owl) calling
And there among the stars and beyond
Let us one day see them and you Great Spirit
Let our faith in you be our strength
Oh Great Spirit be with us always
Written by: Reyes Gomez (Itsa Tl'ee)
Reyes Gomez
August 14, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.


Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 23, 2007

I still think of your humor and miss your smile and sweet eyes. John helps me by telling the best stories about you. Thank you for your protection and service to our country. It's an honor to be your sister. You stayed gold. Love, Lisa Michelle

PS Here's a poem that reminds me of you and your love of nature.

From Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged.
Missing me one place search another,
I stop some where waiting for you.
Lisa Shine
July 19, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Master Sgt Horrigan and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
June 17, 2007
In Remembrance of this Fine Young Soldier, Master Sgt. Robert M. Horrigan, with so much gratitude for his Courage and his Many Years of Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

May Robert, rest safely in God's Care and know that he is a True American hero, that shall Never Be Forgotten and may
the Peace of the Lord continue to be with the Horrigan family.
There will Never Be Enough Ways, to Humbly Thank these Young Heroes, for their Sacrifices, my brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

"And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes,
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying,
there shall be no more pain.
For the former things have have passed away."
Revelations 21:4

May you find peace in knowing the love and memories you have, will remain in your heart forever and that this Grateful Country Remembers Robert's Sacrifice.

~"Tell Them Of Us And Say...
For Their Tomorrows...
We Gave Our Today".~

I am So Deeply Sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
April 20, 2007
I am sorry to hear about Bob. Phil Wyllie (Bob's Ranger Buddy) just told me this afternoon. I went through Delta Selection with Bob in Oct96. It was his 2nd time and my first. What a loss. We hit it off when we went through selection. He was a nice man and came to see me at my Team room after he made it through. I think about him every once in a while when I remember my time in West Virginia. I thank him for his friendship and Comradery at Delta selection.
Garth Estadt
February 17, 2007
I rode into combat with Bob, he was a fine man. I have a picture of him behind my desk, along with other men who are gone now, and look at them often. He will be remembered always.
Marc Griffith
August 31, 2006
Like alot of people I knew bob, better than some and less than others. We hunted together, cooked out together at his home on bragg and he made me several knives that I will always cherrish. I got to know his wife Denise and daughter Courtney to a lesser extent but none the less our kids played together. Bob was truely a kind, outgoing, intelligent man who seeed to be loved by anyone who had the honnor of meeting him. I dont think I ever heard of anyone that didnt like bob. The ones that didn't like him I suppose didn't hang around long. Anyway, I found out just this week that bob had been killed a year ago this past june when I sent him an e-mail and Denise responded with the bad news and I took it hard. I'll end with simply this, he was my friend and I shall deeply miss him.
David Braemer
July 31, 2006

June 19, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Horrigan family in the loss of Robert. I did not know Robert, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Robert it has been a year since you were taken. You are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
June 16, 2006
It's been one year.

Please allow me to thank all of you who have been so kind to share your memories of my son. They have given me much consolation.

My husband wrote a poem years ago, I paraphrase it here.

"Off to war the blue star said.
Five tours of Iraq, and now he's dead.
We always thought that he'd be back,
We just didn't count on the enemy flak.
Hunting, fishing, and knifemaking.....sigh.
Far too young to go out and die!

Now a gold star hangs in our window,

My God, how I miss you, son. Love, Mom and family.
Mary Horrigan
May 31, 2006
I don't have to tell you Horrigan was an excellent soldier and superior professional in all that I observed early in his career and all that I have heard. I knew he was special when he won the leadership award in Ranger School. I also know very well he loved his family, comrades and growing up in Austin, TX-his time in the woods. We talked about many things sharing the tent a FT Benning during our formative years. I've enclosed a Ranger Class photo for a bona fides to let you know I'm for real in a separate email. This was not written for anything other to let you know he made an impression on my life, a very positive enduring impression. I also let Steven Dengate in Australia know about Robert as Dengate was his weapons squad leader in 3/75, Dengate passed, "we lost a good one there" and said he mentioned a hello to John. I have Dengate's telephone number if John would like it. Denise I'm very sorry for your loss, words can’t express it. If there's anything the Horrigan family needs or believes I can assist, please don't hesitate to ask-Phillip Wyllie "Wyllie".
Phillip Wyllie
May 11, 2006
Bob was a friend of mine. I proudly wear a knife he made on my LBE and it goes with me into combat and serves me well. I'll never forget him.


MSG Mike Waller
May 3, 2006
Celebrating the Life of Bob Horrigan, the true embodiment of a leader, spirit of a warrior, and magnified essence of the 'Quiet Professional.'

Like the hundreds who served and continue to serve in the small 'high risk' special operations communities of our U.S. military, it is difficult to this day describing the effect of Bob's example of service has had on me, and the extreme sorrow of loss that I still feel. I’ve been thinking of Bob, his family, and the men of his same conviction, loyalty and 'strength-in-charater' quite a bit lately. How inadequate are words to express my feelings of sadness over his death! I’d like Bob's family to know how sorry I am, and how deeply I sympathize with them in their bereavement. As a leader who too served on the undeniable edge of danger, uncertain risk, and dutiful self sacrifice while in uniform, and with a family, Bob has made me reflect more vividly of what life and living is all about. For Bob's parents, I myself am a father of two boys, and I know how much your son held a special place in the hearts of you and your family. I ask that you take comfort from knowing this, and how much love and happiness you offered Bob during his lifetime. I ask that you then embrace your most cherished memories and never let them go.

For Bob's wife and childen I feel as if I am simply without adequate words of comfort. However, I will give you my best. Emily Dickinson once wrote: “Unto a broken heart No other one may go without the high prerogative itself hath suffered too.” It has been my experience in life and the quarter century spent as a leader in the U.S. Marine Corps that friends discover where another is hurting and are brave enough to try to heal. Bob was this very type soul-he would never let you quite on yourself-always there! However, I would discourage any person to tell a friend that they know exactly how he or she feels in moments like this when they haven’t. I would like you to know that I have, and more times than I care to recall. I know that in moments like this it is important to grieve. It is important to think about the past and remember life’s precious moments. It is important to capture your emotions at those particular times-even the painful ones. Then, comes a time to simply put them behind you until they call on you again. They will. You will know when-Understand this. Perhaps there will be an appropriate time to revisit your bereavement in order to be there for a friend.

Please know that I’m thinking of Bob, his 'never quit' spirit & dignity, and his entire family, and hope you’ll find a small measure of comfort, in knowing there are many people who loved and respected your son, husband, father, friend and who love his family.

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. –PSALM 147:3 rsv
'Dano' Wilson
March 7, 2006
Robert, I will never forget you. Everyday that goes by I remember the fun we had as children on our farm rolling down the back hill, picking berries as part of our "survival" games, playing in the fort on the old stone wall where I played house while you, Johnny and Danny would go out and "hunt". It was all pretend then, but I think now it was early training for your future career in the Army. You were a natural at being a warrior and a hero. Thank you for those memories and so many more. Thank you for your laughter and dry humor. I loved your stories.

You always treated me with such respect. I loved being your big sister. I'll look out for John for you and I'm thankful that you were a twin, it helps me feel better knowing part of you is still here that has so many of your shared memories. I miss you but I will see you again. Thank you for your sacrifice for our country. Lisa Michelle
Lisa Shine (nee Horrigan)
February 2, 2006
My dad was Robert Horrigan the man that never gave up. He would say Life isn’t fair so deal with it. I gess I NOW just understanding that things happen for a reason so keep believing in them and you reason might become a reality. I still miss him every single day but I hope he will always be in my heart forever. I still feel like he is here but at the same time i figure He's never going to come back. And scares me to know that I just lost one of the most important people in my life. And I just Hope every min. of the day I will feel the same way that I had when my Dad was still here.
He was one of the best Things that ever happened to me.
- Courtney
Courtney Horrigan
February 2, 2006
My dad was Robert Horrigan the man that nevever gave up. He would say Life isent fair so deal with it. I gess I NOW just understanding that things happen for a reson so keep beliving in them and you reson might becaume a reality. I still miss him every single day but I hope he will always be in my heart forever. I still feel like he is here but at the same time i figure He's never going to come back. And scares me to know that I just lost one of the most immportant people in my life.And I just Hope every min. of the day I will feel the same way that I had when my Dad was still here.
He was one of the best Things that ever happend to me.
- Courtney
Courtney Horrigan
December 17, 2005
Thank you for serving this great country of ours. Thank you for what you have given us all.

I will not forget and it's my mission to remind all of who you are and what you have done for us.

Iraq War Heroes

Don't Let the Memory Of Them Drift Away

Q Madp
September 22, 2005
Wanda Cobb & Family
July 29, 2005
God Bless. My prayers are with you all.

Proud Marine Mom
(LCpl Nicholas S. Perez - KIA 9-3-04 - Anbar province, Iraq)
Yolanda Valdez
July 21, 2005


john smith
July 18, 2005
For me Robert's passing was one of life's unexpected events, almost to the point of being impossible. Although his chosen profession put him in constant danger, I always knew that he would make it back from each mission. I always knew that one day he would come up to Colorado and we would go fishing or hunting together. He and John have that air of invincibility to them with the luck of the Irish seemingly on their side. Everyone who has had the privilege to know the Horrigans knows this to be true. Robert died a hero and his funeral was a testament to how great a warrior he was. Even more impressive was how many people came to pay respects to a man that they hadn’t seen since high school some twenty years ago. Other comrades came from all over the United States and even half way across the world to say good-bye. Robert was more than just a heroic solider, he is a mentor. His strong karma and the way he treated people made him unique. His strength resonated though his core values just as strong as it did though his body. I consider myself fortunate for having been a friend of Robert and cursing myself for waiting for one day to come. Robert has become a daily reminder to me that we are not here forever, that even a Horrigan eventually runs out of luck. Robert, rest in peace knowing that you are not forgotten.
Alan Menefee
July 11, 2005
This is just a little note to express my sincerest sympathy to Bob's family for the loss of a truly unique and special person. My thoughts have been withyou frequently since I heard the news and there are many reasons I have not been able to get you off my mind. I only met Bob a few times. I actually went to a little get-together at his and Denise's home in Ft. Bragg and since I am a vegetarian I got to listen to a million reasons why deer for dinner was a good thing! It seems that Bob was fond of saying that 'vegetarian' was the Indian word for 'bad hunter'. I did not personally know Bob very well but one of my very best friends considered Bob as a brother and I was lucky enough to hear frequent stories about their antics and realize how much Bob meant to him. Countless stories of hunting trips, and the poor turkeys dreading the word that the two of them had left North Carolina and were heading to Kentucky ready to chase them all over the woods, talk of retirement plans and the possibility of working together again in the future as they did in the past. My thoughts will continue to be with you often. Bob was a wonderful man and many will feel his absence. You were lucky to be the ones that mattered most to him. :)
Michelle Mena
July 9, 2005
I heard your story from a friend. My heart goes out to your family and the community. God Bless you.
Mike Millhouse
July 4, 2005
My condolances to the Horrigan Family. I wrestled with Robert at Crockett and always looked up to him like an older brother. After high school it seemed that we all went our seperate ways. Most of us in the "group" went into the military and we all seemed to know that there was a very real possibility of one or all of us not coming back. We understood and embraced that fact as our duty called us. Robert loved what he did and lived & died a warrior, something that todays men and those that call themselves men, may never know experience. May we all die as honorable a death as Bob. God Bless.
Scott Foster
July 4, 2005
Robert, I did not know you, but I surely knew of you. You were always one of legendary status among us younger folks that were in the Manchacan brotherhood. I will always hold your name in high esteem as I am sure will many others you touched directly and as in my case, indirectly. A story related to me by my good friend Greg comes to mind. It was during a boy scout outing and Greg was in your troop. The theme that weekend was shelter building, and Greg always reflects in awe the amazing capabilities you had at that time. Your lean-too shelter you built was textbook effective sheltering. Well beyond your years at the time, as was your focus I was told. A snapshot of your future capabilities as one of the best that walked among our soldiers. Thank you for your honorable service to this great country. I pray I will see you at the Jubilee brother.

A very sincere condolance to your family.
Erik Foster
July 2, 2005
I would like to pass on mine and my families deepest sympathies to the entire Horrigan family. I was greatly saddened when I by chance read of Roberts death however; it didn't surprise me that he had become a tremendous soldier and patriot of the United States of America. Our family also suffered a tragic loss in the recent past and know the overwhelming pain you feel. Robert is truly an american hero and his accomplishments and sacrifice will be respected and remembered in our hearts forever. Your family will be in all our prayers.

May god bless you all,

Keenan Eves
July 1, 2005
Last fall, many of us gathered at Ft. Benning for the 3rd Ranger Battalions 20th anniversary. On the actual day we gathered at the Ranger Memorial and we Rangers, young and old, active and retired, stood together and recited our Creed. Afterward, some of the active Rangers were telling us that we were the heroes that they looked up to, and that they assumed that we looked back to the Rangers before us. While that is true, what is truer is what Marc Little said. He said we don't look back at those guys, we look at you guys, you’re the guys going out and doing the deal. A man like Robert who dedicated himself to excellence for these 20 years is a rare and remarkable example, and we are all poorer for his passing. Twenty years ago I knew you and we were young together. I will remember you as a true hero. Thank you for your service and example.

To all, my deepest condolences to your family. John, I wish I had been able to make it to the funeral. I am sorry for your loss.

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.--John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)
Rod Russell
June 30, 2005
I served with Robert with 3/75 in the 80s. I remember him well and was saddened to hear the news. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Tim Weid
June 30, 2005
Last fall, many of us gathered at Ft. Benning for the 3rd Ranger Battalions 20th anniversary. On the actual day we gathered at the Ranger Memorial and we Rangers, young and old, active and retired, stood together and recited our Creed. Afterward, some of the active Rangers were telling us that we were the heroes that they looked up to, and that they assumed that we looked back to the Rangers before us. While that is true, what is truer is what Marc Little said. He said we don't look back at those guys, we look at you guys, you’re the guys going out and doing the deal. A man like Robert who dedicated himself to excellence for these 20 years is a rare and remarkable example, and we are all poorer for his passing. Twenty years ago I knew you and we were young together. I will remember you as a true hero. Thank you for your service and example.

To all, my deepest condolences to your family. John, I wish I had been able to make it to the funeral. I am sorry for your loss.

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.--John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873) .
Rod Russell
June 29, 2005
To the Horrigan Family,
I offer my sincere condolences to your family on the loss of Robert. I served with him in Alpha Company, 3d Ranger Battalion in the mid-80's. I didn't know him very well but he was a damned fine soldier and Ranger. Rest in Peace, Robert. Rangers Lead the Way.
SFC (ret) Robert Fielder
June 29, 2005
I was fortunate to have served with Rob in 3/75 RGR Bn at Ft. Benning, GA, and he will be surely missed.
"My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My works and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought his battles who now will be my rewarder."
So he passed over and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.
We'll see you on the other side Rob, rest in peace. RLTW!
To the Horrigan family: Rob will live on in our hearts and minds as a good man. My deepest condolences for your loss.
Patrick Moore
June 28, 2005
My condolences to his family. The country lost a good soldier and man. RLTW.

Rest in Peace Ranger.
Dan Carney
June 28, 2005
John, Danny, and family,
It was such a shock to hear this terrible news. I am certain that Robert was the excellent soldier he seemed destined to become, and though you must be grieving, I'm sure y'all are quite proud. Just hearing his name brought back great memories of running around the Manchaca woods under those tressel tracks shooting each other with b-b guns. He was an awesome dude, and I'm sure he was a great father and husband. My prayers are with all of you.

Take care,
Todd Bashem
June 28, 2005
I just wanted to send my condolences to the entire Horrigan family. I served with Bob for many years and served directly with him for over 3 years. He was a great soldier who served his country proudly and never hesitated to help anyone. He will be missed by many and the impressions he left will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace Brother!
Lee Gortman
June 28, 2005
I was shocked and saddened at the news of Bob's passing. My family and I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Bob's family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Bob for 5 years and am proud to have been associated with him. Rest in Peace Brother!
Ray Diaz
June 27, 2005
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice.
christina bull
June 27, 2005
To the Horrigan Family,

First my deepest sympathy to your Family.

I knew the both of the twin brothers from Crockett High School and hanging with the guys of the Arroyo Doble and Onion Creek Meadows neighborhoods.

I remember Robert And John being great guys.

Jerry Hardin
June 27, 2005
To the Horrigan family,

Please accept my sincere condolences. Bob was a great man, an outstanding soldier, and a good friend - he will be sorely missed. Bob's dedication, love, and sacrifice for our country will never be forgotten by those who were honored enough to have known him.
Jonathan Kieffer
June 26, 2005
Dear Horrigan Family,

We were so saddened to hear about your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Mark, Erica, Taylor, Cameron, and McKenna Ellner
June 26, 2005
Dear Horrigan Family,

We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Robert. May God be with you and your family thru this time of sorrow.
Greg, Starla, Kaleigh & Garrett Hicks
June 25, 2005
Dear Family,
My condolences to all of you. I knew Rob as a mighty hunter and warrior. We can all be proud of his service to our country.
Doug Denham
John Horrigan's old neighbor
Doug Denham
June 25, 2005
We will keep him in our hearts as our friend and neighbor. Rest in peace.
Keith, Teresa & Teddy Hood
June 25, 2005
Dear Denise and family:
I went to high school with Robert. I am deeply sadden to hear of his passing. He was a sweet guy with a big heart.
I remember him having a passion for the military and for people. I knew he would do well. Not many people do what they were born to do. He will be greatly missed.
I am grateful for the dedication and sacrafice of the men, women, and families that serve our country.
I am thankful for Christ who gives us eternal life. One day we will see our loved ones again.
I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Lisa (Chambers) Dickerson
June 24, 2005
To the Horrigan Family,
Although we did not know MSG Horrigan we want to express our sympathy and our thanks for his fine service to our country.
May the Lord grant you His Peace and comfort in this time of sorrow.
Parents of SPC Michael Morris
US Army
Larry & Charlene Morris
June 24, 2005
To the Horrigan family:
You are all in our prayers & thoughts during this difficult time in your lives. We pray that God will continue to hold you in the palm of His hand throughout the coming days. We wish we could be there with you to show our love & respect for Robert.
He was certainly the kind of soldier that we want protecting us. Hopefully, others have learned from him. As others have said, he was certainly someone whom you felt as if you had known all of your life.
John, Denise & Courtney & all, we will keep in touch.
God Bless you all.
James & Kay Poplin
June 24, 2005
To the Horrigan Family,

Please accept my condolences on your loss. I did not know Bob, but I do know that countless Americans (and many of our fellow soldiers) enjoy the taste of freedom each and every day due to incredible patriots like Bob. My most heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time.
LT Ryan Bragg
June 24, 2005
Denise and Courtney,
I am sorry for the loss of your Robert.
I will not forget his ultimate sacrifice.
He is my brother and I will love him always and forever.
I will always be there for both of you, until my time comes.

God Bless You both.
Joey Fink
June 24, 2005
To The Horrigan family,

I knew Robert from high school. I am so sorry for your loss.
Becky Carl
June 24, 2005
To the Horrigan Family,
We were sad to hear the news and want you to know that you are in our prayers.
God bless,
Sonya and Ricky Amaya
Sonya and Ricky Amaya
June 24, 2005
To the Horrigan Family,
I went to high school with the Horrigan boys. I am so saddened to hear of the news. We have a network of Crockett Cougar friends and we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Karen (Cobble) Taylor
June 23, 2005
Denise, we were deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. We feel very honored to have known him. You and Courtney are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great man, and a good father. He spoke often of you and Courtney. We know he loved you both very much. Greg regarded him as a close friend, and always enjoyed the times they spent together and misses him terribly. We will think of him often and miss him greatly. If there is anything we can do to help, please call.
Greg & Angie Adams
June 23, 2005
Dear Mrs. Corrigan,

I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. You can rest assured that Robert is surely guarding the Gates of Heaven for our Lord.

I know and understand what Robert went through, as I recently returned from Iraq myself. It takes a man with steadfast convictions and a truly patriotic heart to endure the many hardships in a war zone.

Thank you for raising such a fine man, and for your sacrifice to our country and the cause of freedom.

May God bless you and your family.


John Gearhart
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