Special Forces soldier Staff Sgt. James Moriarty and two members of his team were recently killed in Jordan. Following his funeral, his sister Melissa Moriarty published the speech she gave at his funeral in Houston.

Image courtesy of Melissa Moriarty
Image courtesy of Melissa Moriarty

My speech for Jimmy

Over 500 people were present yesterday at Jimmy’s services in Houston. It was awe inspiring. Only Jimmy could pull that kind of an audience. Thank you to those who came to be with us as we shared our favorite stories about our favorite person. If you couldn’t make it – we felt your spirit, thank you. Here is my speech, for those of you who would like to read it:


My name is Melissa Moriarty, this is Becca Moriarty, and we’re Jimmy’s older sisters. You all came from all over the world to be here today, and it means a great deal to us. We feel your love, your thoughts and your prayers. Thank you.

Last Friday, we heard the news that three US Military trainers had been killed in Jordan but we didn’t know who they were. The moment I heard the news my heart dropped and I went into action mode. I packed up my things at the office and ran home. I couldn’t stop shaking and trembling.

By the grace of God one of my closest friends just so happened to be in Bogota and she just so happened to be in my apartment as she waited for her redeye flight home to Houston that night. She hung out with me and kept me company, I have no doubts that an angel had something to do with it.

As the hours passed we all felt more and more at ease, while we hadn’t heard anything from Jimmy, we knew that usually the families are notified within a few short hours of the incident. Jimmy, famous for being hard to get a hold of, was likely out of reach due to the day’s incidents, we thought.

I felt too shaken up to read, work or watch a movie, so for whatever reason I felt compelled to write Jimmy an email. I never hit send, because part of me felt like he would think I was overreacting, so I saved it to my Drafts folder.

I’d like to share what I wrote:

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