Those of you who follow Seal of Honor on Facebook know the story of the first member of the U.S. Navy to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. Lt. Michael P. Murphy was a Navy Seal, killed in action on June 28, 2005 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was leading a four-man team as part of Operation Red Wings, to capture or kill Ahmad Shah, a Taliban leader, and stabilize the region prior to the Afghan elections. The team was ambushed, and Murphy, Matthew Axelson, and Danny Dietz were killed. A Chinook helicopter sent in to rescue the team was shot down, killing eight Navy Seals and eight members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). The fourth Seal, Marcus Luttrell was aided by local villagers and successfully rescued.
An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer has been named in honor of Lt. Murphy, and the commissioning ceremony is being carried live today on http://www.livestream.com/usnavy from New York City. New York is appropriate since Murphy was born in Smithtown and is buried in Calverton National Cemetery, both on Long Island.
Fair winds and following seas.
Update: The USS Michael Murphy will be open to the public for touring on Monday October 8 from 1 to 5 PM, line may be capped at 4 PM. Photo ID is required at the security screening for everyone 18 and older, wear closed-toe shoes and limit the number of items being brought aboard.