40, of Austin, Texas; assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.; killed June 17 while conducting combat operations in Qaim, Iraq. Robert was born in Limestone, Maine.
To honor MSG Robert M. Horrigan, his mother, Mary Alice Horrigan retrieved this stone from a stone wall near a 90 year-old apple tree in an apple orchard in Belfast, Maine. The apple tree was planted by Mary Alice’s grandparents in 1921, and Mary Alice climbed this same tree as a girl and recently made the best apple pie from its fruit.
Robert’s mother. Ms. Mary Horrigan writes about her son, his character and service. She describes the stone she selected and how she learned about The Summit Project –
“I saw the stones in Portland at the Armory at the Maine Marathon, and hoped I was not too late. I picked a stone from the orchard that my grandpa planted, and in which my kids used to climb the apple trees, when we lived on a farm in Belfast. Bob was born in the County when we were stationed at Loring. Jan. 13, 1965. Second of a set of twins. He entered the army after hi school, was a Ranger, then Special Forces. Eventually he joined Delta. He is mentioned in Gen. Blaber’s book, The Men, The Mission and Me, and in Sean Naylor’s book, Not a Good Day to Die, about the hunt for Bin Laden at Tora Bora. Served several tours in Afganistan and Iraq. Had about a week to go in Iraq and then home and retirement after serving 20 years. Volunteered for that last mission and led a midnight raid to the home of an insurgent who had been tipped off they were coming. He was first in the door. He and the man behind him, also a twin, were shot and killed there. He had emailed me that am, and spoke about his plans for retirement. Left a widow, and a little girl. Died June 17,05. If you met him, he would seem so ordinary—no big shot, nobody special–yet he was awarded some very distinguished medals and was highly regarded by his men. If he gave his word, you knew you could count on it. Thank you for being interested, and in doing what you are doing. Mary Horrigan”
Watch this video to learn why this stone is significant and what it says about MSG Robert M. Horrigan.