Monday, October 22, 2007

"In the name of Congress"

"The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, as 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 his 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 an 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."



Requiscat in Pacem, Lieutenant. Godspeed.

LawDog

9 comments:

"gunner" said...

Semper Fidelis!
"gunner"

Michael said...

The US is the best. Yes we have our faults and shortcommings, but we still manage to produce Americans like this. God Bless you and keep you Michael Murphy.

phlegmfatale said...

What an exceptional human being. Bless him.

Divemedic said...

Read the book. It is called:

"Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10" and it is written by the sole survivor of that team, Marcus Luttrell.

When I read it, it almost brought tears to my eyes, these men are exceptional Americans. I highly recommend it.

catfish said...

Ho-ah Lt. Murphy!

Simeron said...

Tis a sad truth that in war, we lose our best and our brightest first.

Honor is more then a word to some...

It's a way to live and a way you will one day die. But, I believe much like the ancient vikings did.

Have a extra large mug of honey mead for me Michael along with a huge leg of venison.

But save a few for LD and me too please...

May those that are left here and mourn be comforted also.

*SALUTE*

Anonymous said...

In the Viet Nam war, an American Indian, a Sioux, was trapped with his men behind enemy lines. Most of the other men were wounded. This man was shot in the gut and his intestines were in his lap. He gathered them in with a dirty towel, and proceeded to stand off Cong attacks all night long. When the helicopter finally came to lift them out, there wasn't enough room for everyone. Our Sioux stayed behind and provided covering fire for the helicopter to take everyone else out.
When the medics finally got to him
he was holding his intestines in one hand, firing his weapon with the other. They thought he wouldn't live.
He did, though his health has never recovered.
He has yet to be recognized with a Congressional Medal of Honor.
LawMom

Shell said...

I read today that LT Murphy's father said at the ceremony (I must paraphrase here, I don't remember verbatim) "While my heart is breaking and I hold back tears, my chest swells with pride as I think 'My son did this. I hope all Americans remember it, and him.'"

Listening to the citation being read, and watching the Lieutenant's mother during it, made me cry. So did reading his father's words.

Thank you for your son, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy.

Vaya Con Dios, Lieutenant.

lilbiter-rants said...

Thank you LawDog.
I would not have seen that if you hadn't posted it.