McGarrah joined the Army in September 2009 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Upon completing OSUT he attended Airborne School at Fort Benning and reported to Fort Bragg in April where he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 508th PIR. He joined the unit in Afghanistan in June.
"McGarrah will be truly missed by the Soldiers of Charlie Company," Christmas said.
McGarrah's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Parachutist's badge.
He is survived by his wife Emily McGarrah and his parents Michele and Orville McGarrah.
A memorial in his honor will be held in Afghanistan.