Missouri soldier among three Green Berets killed in Jordan

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Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — The Defense Department has identified three soldiers killed in a shooting this week outside a military base in Jordan.

The department said Sunday that 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, of Kirksville, Mo.; 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe of Tucson, Arizona; and 27-year-old Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty of Kerrville, Texas, died Friday after the convoy they were in came under fire as it entered a Jordanian military base.

The Defense Department is investigating.

The department says the soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Lewellen’s family said in a statement to The Kirksville Daily Express he was raised in Kirksville, Mo., and was a “born leader, a true American.” He attended Truman State University and was enrolled at the University of Kansas when he “decided to follow his dream to serve his country.”

They said his military awards included the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal.

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