Lt_murphy A Navy SEAL from Long Island who was killed while leading a reconnaissance mission deep behind enemy lines in Afghanistan will receive the nation’s highest military award for valor _ the Medal of Honor, President Bush announced Thursday.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, is the first armed forces service member to receive the Medal of Honor for combat in Afghanistan, the Navy said Thursday. The medal is the nation’s highest military award for valor in action against an enemy force.

Two Medals of Honor have been awarded posthumously in the Iraq war: Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was killed in 2004 after covering a grenade with his helmet; and Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, who was killed in 2003 after holding off Iraqi forces with a machine gun before he was killed at the Baghdad airport.

President Bush will present the Medal of Honor to Murphy’s parents at a White House ceremony on Oct. 22

His sacrifice reminds us of the dangers the men and women of our Armed Forces face in order to defend our nation," said Rep. Timothy Bishop, a Democrat from Long Island. "I can think of no one more deserving of this medal today. It can never make up for his loss, but it extends the honor which he and his family so well deserve."

Lone_survivor (I am half way through reading this book myself. Good to the point and serves as a great role model for young readers. Easy and enjoyable)

According to a Navy citation, Murphy and three fellow SEALs were searching for a terrorist in the Afghan mountains on June 28, 2005, when their mission was compromised after they were spotted by locals, who presumably reported their presence and location to the Taliban.

Comments

  1. Michael is a true hero. Something not known by many is that the Seal team was compromised by two locals. A choice was made to let them go instead of killing them. The locals ratted out the Seal team to insurgents. Our guys have honor. The Seals paid dearly for the choice to let the rats go.

  2. God Bless the Murphy family..This country remains free only by the sacrafices of these brave warriors and their families..There were two other seals lost that day PO2 Axelson and Dietz..They received the navy cross.There is a gentlemen who comments as POPS on the milblogs,he’s PO2 Axelson’s father.God Bless all our seal teams and military members fighting to keep our shores free..Semper Fi

  3. Too bad being from NEW YORK that the NEW YORK TIMES couldn’t give him a decent write up,or would that take up too much ink on that useless rag

  4. I saw this on the Nightly News tonight.They did a good interview with the Parents.
    The Parents are very proud of their son.
    He was truly an outstanding person.

  5. I am so thankful that there were men like Lt. Murphy who stand guard at night. I sleep peacefully knowing that they are on watch. Thank you and all of those great men and women who do ‘watch duty’. I am forever grateful.

  6. I read Lone Survivor when it first came out, and have seen/read many of the interviews with Marcus Luttrell. This book, and the story of the SEAL team, has touched me in profound ways. RIP LT Murphy, you and your mates will never be forgotten.

  7. Lone Survivor is a wonderful tribute. It should be standard reading for those who condemn our military for the decisions they make in a time of war!

  8. Oh – the story about Lt. Murphy has been on a lot of blogs. Try Blackfive for a ton of links. It was a terrific ceremony to watch today.
    What will be interesting is that Lt. Murphy’s parents are going to be interviewed by Katie Couric tonight. I truly wonder if she will learn anything?? Not holding my breath though
    Nina

  9. Oh – the story about Lt. Murphy has been on a lot of blogs. Try Blackfive for a ton of links. It was a terrific ceremony to watch today.
    What will be interesting is that Lt. Murphy’s parents are going to be interviewed by Katie Couric tonight. I truly wonder if she will learn anything?? Not holding my breath though
    Nina

  10. He looks so much like Chuck Norris in that picture.
    I read “Lone Survivor” when it first came out, and was mesmerized by the entire story, but especially Murphy’s bravery and politeness under extreme fire.
    Unreal.

  11. Having known his family from growing up in Patchogue Medford school system. I will make sure NO one forgets him in the Corps.
    Will advise Major General Robert Magnus also fron NY if anything needs to be done. I appreciate Mr. Tim Bishop from The former Southampton University I attended long ago to do more in this case. Tim I do not have your email but I will see to it. I have served in the Corps for over 17 years and my Navy brother will be treated as a hero and VIP throughout time. So help me God!

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