SEALS Murphy, Michael Patrick

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Murphy
  • FORENAME
Michael Patrick
  • UNIT
U.S.N. Seal Delivery Vehicle Team 1
  • RANK
Lieutenant
  • NUMBER

  • DATE OF DEATH
28th June 2005
  • AGE
29
  • GRAVESITE
Calverton National Cemetery,Calverton,New York,U.S.A. Section 67 Site 3710
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Patchogue,New York
born 7.5.1976 Smithtown,New York
son of Daniel and Maureen Murphy of Patchogue,New York
graduated Pennsylvania State University 1998
commissioned 20.12.2000 (Ensign)
BUD/S Class 236 (graduated 2001)
fiancee of Heather Duggan
awards Medal of Honor,Silver Star
KIA Korengal Valley,Afghanistan
 

DATE OF DEATH:

28-Jun-2005

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/murphy-michael-patrick.29671/

CITATION:

Medal of Honor : The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Michael Patrick Murphy, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a member of SEAL Deliver Vehicle Team ONE and the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an extremely rugged enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy's team was discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their position to Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged his four-member team. Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of the team. Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates. Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team. In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, courageous actions, and extraordinary devotion to duty, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/2392
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