Navy SEAL to be awarded Medal of Honor

October 15, 2007 at 10:03 pm 3 comments

Updated 10/22/07 6:35pm – Bush Presents Medal of Honor to Parents of Navy SEAL

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.

From news.navy.mil

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 Times.com – 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

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  • […] the entire post at Navy Wife Radio and watch a video of Marcus Lutrell, author of Lone Survivor – a book about Lt. Michael P. […]

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  • 2. Jim  |  January 2, 2008 at 10:06 am

    We can all learn a lesson with the way these four warriors fought to the very end. A Navy SEAL does not give up, ever! Just think how our lives would improve if we lived our comfortable lives with the same “never quit” attitude. Don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow – just focus on today and make the best out of it you can. America would not be here today if it were not for brave souls like Marcus and his three teamates.

    God bless and protect
    Jim

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  • 3. Ken Wilcox  |  December 1, 2008 at 9:47 am

    To Marcus and to his fallen SEAL’s, Thankyou.

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