Navy SEAL to be awarded Medal of Honor

Lt. Michael P. MurphyOn Oct. 11th the White House announced U.S. Navy SEAL, Lt. Michael P. Murphy will be presented the U.S. Navy Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously, during a ceremony at the White House Oct. 22.


Murphy was the officer-in-charge of the SEAL element, which was tasked with locating a high- level Taliban militia leader to provide intelligence for a follow-on mission to capture or destroy the local leadership and disrupt enemy activity. However local Taliban sympathizers discovered the SEAL unit and immediately revealed their position to Taliban fighters. The element was besieged on a mountaintop by scores of enemy fighters. The firefight that ensued pushed the element farther into enemy territory and left all four SEALs wounded.

The SEALs fought the enemy fearlessly despite being at a tactical disadvantage and outnumbered more than four to one. Understanding the gravity of the situation and his responsibility to his men, Murphy, already wounded, deliberately and unhesitatingly moved from cover into the open where he took and returned fire while transmitting a call for help for his beleaguered teammates. Shot through the back while radioing for help, Murphy completed his transmission while returning fire. The call ultimately led to the rescue of one severely wounded team member, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell, and the recovery of the remains of Murphy and Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson. read more

Marcus Lutrell, author of the book Lone Survivor on the Today Show talking about the attack and Lt. Michael P. Murphy.

From the Navy – This is the first Navy MoH since Vietnam. – this is a great article……well worth the read.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy is certainly someone you should know.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy


4 Responses to “Navy SEAL to be awarded Medal of Honor”

  1. 1 Ann M. 16 October, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    He’s from the next town over from where my parents live and I basically grew up. His family has been hoping for this for a while now. I’m sure it doesn’t minimize the loss for them in any way, but the fact remains that he deserved recognition. Thanks for sharing this. I’d been wondering if they had decided.

  2. 2 wendy 19 October, 2007 at 2:20 am

    Wowza! That is amazing! Thanks for sharing his story.

  3. 3 wendy 19 October, 2007 at 2:21 am

    You know, I’m not sure if amazing would be an appropriate term. I am humbled and amazed by his incredible sacrifice. A hero.

  4. 4 M. Simon 24 October, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Here is a song for our boys and girls in the military:

    I Wanna Go Home

    The author has given permission to those currently serving in the military who buy the song to share it with nine of their best buddies, wives, husbands, parents, or children.

    If you like it, pass it on.

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