Everyday Greatness – Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy

Today Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, 29, from Patchogue, NY was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on Monday,…

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… October 22, 2007. President Bush presented the Medal to his parents. Murphy was killed by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission, Operation Redwing, June 28, 2005. Murphy lead a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan, when they came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position. Mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire, Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters. While being shot at repeatedly, Murphy calmly provided his unit’s location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds.

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