Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy is our guy this week. Often we think of sport stars or actors as heroes but that is all a bunch of BS when it is all said and done. Don’t look at the back of a jersey to find the name of a hero. Look on the chest of a veteran and you’ll find one.
We were first introduced to Lt. Murphy in the book Lone Survivor and ever since then, he has impacted our lives. He was born on Long Island (Smithtown, NY) and was the picture perfect example of an American kid: athletic, smart, good looking, genuine, and most of all, humble. After he graduated Patchogue-Medford High School he attended Penn State University and later went on to a career in the Navy by passing several law school scholarships. He did this all before the terrorist attacks of 2001. He did this before a flood of patriotism would replace the feelings of mourning after that terrible Tuesday in September. He was doing this for the love of his country, that was his motivation.
He was apart of the most badass unit in the United States Military: US NAVY SEALS. If you don’t know what the Navy SEALs are then you are not our guy. Lt. Murphy won the Medal of Honor (amongst other honors) for his heroic actions in the Kunar province, Afghanistan. I strongly suggest you read Lone Survivor to learn about his heroic actions.
Words written by either one of us can’t do it justice. Lt. Murphy was a hero. We would have loved to have had a beer with him or just have him speak to us about what motivated him in BUD/S or on missions defending the freedoms of the USA. He wasn’t out for revenge for the attacks on his city or his nation. He was fighting the enemy in front of him protecting those he left behind back home.
Recently, the missile destroyer that was named in his honor was in port on the West Side of NYC, right next to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. He was open to the public and displayed some of the best and brightest young men and women onboard. Not to mention, it was as clean as a whistle with enough firepower to make any attacker regret militant actions against us.
Murph, you’re our guy…and our hero. We hope we can be a quarter of the man you were. Don’t worry your legacy will not be forgotten, (God willing) our sons, daughters, nieces and nephews will know your story and your act of heroism.
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Seal of Honor by Gary Williams
Heart of A Lion by Gary Williams
If you wish to donate, you can do so here:
LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholasrhip Foundation
c/o William F. Andes, Esq.
224 Griffing Ave.
Riverhead, NY 11901