Posts tagged ‘Medal of Honor’

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

October 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm 3 comments

New Book Honors Michael Murphy

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

May 14, 2010 at 8:34 am 1 comment


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