A Video Tribute to Michael Murphy
Someone posted a terrific link to the Alumni Association’s Facebook page last night (thank you, Nick Skias, whoever you are), and I wanted to pass it along to you.
It’s a video about the commissioning on Oct. 6 of the USS Michael Murphy, the Navy’s newest destroyer. The ship is named for Michael Murphy ’98, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005 and who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in that fatal battle.
The video covers much more than the commissioning ceremony in New York harbor. It captures a bit of who Michael Murphy was and shows you his parents’ grief and their obvious pride. It also takes you to Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island, where, the day before the commissioning ceremony, the crew members of the Michael Murphy paid a visit to the grave of the man whose name is on their ship.
I love the fact that the ship will be known informally by Murphy’s own nickname: Crew members say they’ll tell others that they’re serving on “The Murph.” And I about lost it when, in the video, Murphy’s mom gestures toward his headstone and tells the crew in her unmistakeable Long Island accent: “Thank you for not forgettin’ my Mike.”
You can read more from the photographer/videographer about the making of the video here. And Murphy’s hometown newspaper (he grew up in Patchogue, N.Y.) has some cool photos of the ship’s interior here.
Tina Hay, editor