New Book Honors Michael Murphy

May 14, 2010 at 8:34 am 1 comment

The other day we received a new book called Seal of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN, by Gary Williams.

You may remember Murphy ’98 Lib as the Navy SEAL who died in Afghanistan in 2005 and who, two years later, received the Medal of Honor posthumously. We ran a feature story on Lt. Murphy in our January-February 2008 issue—that’s the opening spread you see below, and you can click here to download a PDF of our article.

Murphy was just 29 when he died during a mission intended to capture a Taliban leader. After he and the three members of his team were surrounded, he exposed himself to enemy fire to make the cell-phone call for help. The mission resulted in the worst loss of life in the SEAL program since it began in 1962—11 of the 12 SEALs involved died. Though others on the mission were honored with a Navy Cross (all posthumously, except for the lone survivor), Murphy was the only man on that mission to receive the Medal of Honor.

Seal of Honor hit bookstores May 5. The author, Gary Williams, has no apparent connection to Lt. Murphy or the Navy SEALS; he’s just a guy in Ohio who was “reared with a near-reverent respect for those who wear our country’s uniform,” according to his author bio. This is his third book.

Amy Guyer, associate editor

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  • […] of which will begin within the next two years. Speakers included author Gary Williams, who wrote Seal  of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN, along with Murphy’s parents, Dan and Maureen. Dan and Maureen Murphy (center) shared stories […]

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