Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, United States Navy

Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, United States Navy

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    Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, United States Navy

    Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, United States Navy.

    On June 28, 2005, deep behind enemy lines east of Asadabad in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan, a very committed four-man Navy SEAL team was conducting a reconnaissance mission at the unforgiving altitude of approximately 10,000 feet. The SEALs, Lt. Michael Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell had a vital task. The four SEALs were scouting Ahmad Shah – a terrorist in his mid-30s who grew up in the adjacent mountains just to the south. Under the assumed name Muhammad Ismail, Shah led a guerrilla group known to locals as the "Mountain Tigers" that had aligned with the Taliban and other militant groups close to the Pakistani border. The SEAL mission was compromised when the team was spotted by local nationals, who presumably reported its presence and location to the Taliban.

    A fierce firefight erupted between the four SEALs and a much larger enemy force of more than 50 anti-coalition militia. The enemy had the SEALs outnumbered. They also had terrain advantage. They launched a well-organized, three-sided attack on the SEALs. The firefight continued relentlessly as the overwhelming militia forced the team deeper into a ravine. Trying to reach safety, the four men, now each wounded, began bounding down the mountain's steep sides, making leaps of 20 to 30 feet. Approximately 45 minutes into the fight, pinned down by overwhelming forces, Dietz, the communications petty officer, sought open air to place a distress call back to the base. But before he could, he was shot in the hand, the blast shattering his thumb.

    Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men. Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

    An MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent is as part of an extraction mission to pull out the four embattled SEALs. The MH-47 was escorted by heavily-armored, Army attack helicopters. Entering a hot combat zone, attack helicopters are used initially to neutralize the enemy and make it safer for the lightly-armored, personnel-transport helicopter to insert.

    The heavy weight of the attack helicopters slowed the formation’s advance prompting the MH-47 to outrun their armored escort. They knew the tremendous risk going into an active enemy area in daylight, without their attack support, and without the cover of night. Risk would, of course, be minimized if they put the helicopter down in a safe zone. But knowing that their warrior brothers were shot, surrounded and severely wounded, the rescue team opted to directly enter the oncoming battle in hopes of landing on brutally hazardous terrain. As the Chinook raced to the battle, a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter, killing all 16 men aboard.

    On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, Murphy, Luttrell, Dietz and Axelson, continued the fight. By the end of the two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Axelson and Dietz had been killed. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead.

    The fourth SEAL, Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket propelled grenade and was knocked unconscious. Regaining consciousness some time later, Luttrell managed to escape – badly injured – and slowly crawl away down the side of a cliff. Dehydrated, with a bullet wound to one leg, shrapnel embedded in both legs, three vertebrae cracked; the situation for Luttrell was grim. Rescue helicopters were sent in, but he was too weak and injured to make contact. Traveling seven miles on foot he evaded the enemy for nearly a day. Gratefully, local nationals came to his aid, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three days. The Taliban came to the village several times demanding that Luttrell be turned over to them. The villagers refused. One of the villagers made his way to a Marine outpost with a note from Luttrell, and U.S. forces launched a massive operation that rescued him from enemy territory on July 2.

    By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

    This was the worst single-day U.S. Forces death toll since Operation Enduring Freedom began nearly six years ago. It was the single largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since World War II.

    The Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community will forever remember June 28, 2005 and the heroic efforts and sacrifices of our special operators. We hold with reverence the ultimate sacrifice that they made while engaged in that fierce fire fight on the front lines of the global war on terrorism (GWOT).

    OPERATION REDWING KIAs- On June 28, 2005, three of four SEALS on the ground (Murphy, Dietz, Axelson) were killed during combat operations in support of Operation Red Wing. ON the same say, a QRF of eight Navy SEALs and 8 Army Night Stalkers were also killed when the MH-47 helicopter that they were aboard was shot down by enemy fire in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan in Kumar Province.

    Navy SEALs

    SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
    # Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.
    # Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson, 29, of Cupertino, Calif.
    # Machinist Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Shane E. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev.
    # Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.
    # Quartermaster 2nd Class (SEAL) James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

    SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2, Virginia Beach, Va.
    # Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colo.

    SEAL Team 10, Virginia Beach, Va.
    # Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La.
    # Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, Calif.
    # Electronics Technician 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore.
    # Lt. (SEAL) Michael M. McGreevy Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y.
    # Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va.

    Army Night Stalkers

    3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.
    # Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio.
    # Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minn.
    # Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.
    # Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Ind.
    # Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Conn.
    # Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Va.
    # Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla.

    HQ Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.
    # Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tenn.
    This young man exemplifies the absolute best of the US Navy and all of our service members. Thank God we have men and women like these who feel the call of duty and answer it and protect our country and us.

    Thank you Lt. Murphy, and to all the members of the US Military serving and protecting our freedom and security.

    Here is a site where you can see pictures the SEALs have released of Lt. Murphy and his team.
    Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Medal of Honor Recipient
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    I was in-country (at Bagram, actually, though this wasn't my normal base of operations) when this happened. My Bn (though not my platoon) had QRF duty that day. They stood up, but didn't launch...

    The NAVSOF guys at Bagram often flew aerial QRF and "squirter control" for my/our raids, and I knew several of them fairly well. Consumate professionals, dedicated warriors, and experts in their field - I was honored to work with them. That was a sad, sad day for all of us there...
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    I just listened to the audio book. Lone Survivor by By Marcus Luttrell. Great book we are very fortunate to have men like that in this country.

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    A true hero...






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    From my family to his...God Bless him, his family and everybody else taking care of business.


    Not to detract from his honor but I just saw on The O'Reily Factor that CNN and MSNBC dismissed reporting or simply DID NOT report this. What a pitiful pile of work. I rarely watch them CNN/MSNBC anyway but that little oversight just deleted those networks off my remote. Who/What do they think they are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by billfish View Post
    From my family to his...God Bless him, his family and everybody else taking care of business.


    Not to detract from his honor but I just saw on The O'Reily Factor that CNN and MSNBC dismissed reporting or simply DID NOT report this. What a pitiful pile of work. I rarely watch them CNN/MSNBC anyway but that little oversight just deleted those networks off my remote. Who/What do they think they are?
    I noticed this also. The reporting on the last MOH awarded (a soldier from my Army unit, the 3rd Infantry Division) was pitifully sparse. I heard about it on conservative talk radio, but there seemed to be a virtual blackout in the mainstream media on it.

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    A hero indeed. Thanks for posting.

    God Bless and Protect Our Heroes in uniform.
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    Thank you Lt. Michael Murphy for your selfless sacrifice and service to our country.

    RIP, your watch is over
    Perhaps your sole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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    Remember them all...............



    Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va. was the brother of a friend.
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    A man that gave everything for his fellow soldiers, friends, and country. The ultimate sacrifice and an ultimate hero.

    Rest in Peace and never be forgotten.
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    Bill O'Reilly was going off last night about the sparse coverage of this. Normally, he comes across as big windbag to me most days, but he was dead on last night.

    He made the point that the NY Times buried this information on something like page 13, and outside NYC, it wasn't even there.

    If it had been the LT committing alleged atrocities over there, it would have been all over THE FRONT PAGE!!!...
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    A chronicle of True Heros in a world awash with tale-weaving, leg-wetting cowards. These are the Men we should hear about on The News rather than Brittany's custody woes or if Paris is wearing underwear. These are the lessons of patriotism that Middle Schoolers should learn rather than being provided Birth Control pills & cultural diversity. These are the men in whom we place the very survival of our Republic while they, at the same time, endure the scorn of of a spoiled, unappreciative citizenry. True valor, true courage, true honor are not abstract theories to men such as these. They are the measure of character...of a life well-lived. May God above watch-over & welcome these Warrior Saints. And may the Devil take those who would stand against them, either here or here after.

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    Just read "Lone Survivor" in two nights..awesome book! These guys are my heros!!

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