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Staff Sergeant J Paul Dorrity is a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Staff Sergeant J Paul Dorrity enlisted in the Army in 1986 as a Medium Helicopter Repairman. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Dix and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia.
His Military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Offices Course, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course.
Staff Sergeant Dorrity’s past assignment include 243rd Aviation Regiment and Charlie Company, 214th Aviation Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington. Alpha Company, 3/501st Aviation Regiment, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea; Echo Company, 502ndAviation Regiment, Italy and Alpha Company, 7/101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Next Staff Sergeant Dorrity was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Training Company and upon completion of the Basic Mission Qualification Course (Green Platoon) was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). In July 2001, Staff Sergeant Dorrity was assigned to Echo Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) as a Flight Engineer.
On February 21, 2002 Staff Sergeant Dorrity and nine others were killed in a helicopter crash in the Philippines. The helicopter crashed after ferrying U. S. Special Forces and supplies from Zamboanga City to Basilan Island.