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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Posthumous MoH awardee Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN: "An iron-souled warrior of colossal and almost unbelievable courage in the face of the enemy"

Even if you believe that George W. Bush is the devil incarnate, it will not hurt you to read this transcript of his remarks as he awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN     Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN

I would never suggest that America has a monopoly on heroes. But if you're an American, it should make you proud to live in a country that can still rear the likes of such warriors as this. If you're as sentimental as I am, it will definitely choke you up. Here's just a part:

On June 28th, 2005, Michael would give his life for these ideals [love of country and devotion to his colleagues]. While conducting surveillance on a mountain ridge in Afghanistan, he and three fellow SEALs were surrounded by a much larger enemy force. Their only escape was down the side of a mountain — and the SEALs launched a valiant counterattack while cascading from cliff to cliff. But as the enemy closed in, Michael recognized that the survival of his men depended on calling back to the base for reinforcements. With complete disregard for his own life, he moved into a clearing where his phone would get reception. He made the call, and Michael then fell under heavy fire. Yet his grace and upbringing never deserted him. Though severely wounded, he said "thank you" before hanging up, and returned to the fight — before losing his life.

Unfortunately, the helicopter carrying the reinforcements never reached the scene. It crashed after being struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. And in the end, more Americans died in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005 than on any other day since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. This day of tragedy also has the sad distinction of being the deadliest for Navy Special Warfare forces since World War II.

One of Michael's fellow SEALs did make it off the mountain ridge — he was one of Michael's closest friends. Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell of Texas, author of a riveting book called "Lone Survivor," put it this way: "Mikey was the best officer I ever knew, an iron-souled warrior of colossal and almost unbelievable courage in the face of the enemy."

For his courage, we award Lieutenant Michael Murphy the first Medal of Honor for combat in Afghanistan. And with this medal, we acknowledge a debt that will not diminish with time — and can never be repaid.

And if you have any religious impulses at all, it will definitely prompt you to say a prayer for the brave and worthy soul of Lt. Michael Murphy, and for his family, friends, comrades, and country.

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Comments

(1) EW1(SG) made the following comment | Oct 24, 2007 11:36:08 AM | Permalink

Non sibi sed patriae.

May he rest well.

(2) craig mclaughlin made the following comment | Oct 24, 2007 1:05:53 PM | Permalink

I am reading, and highly recommend, Marcus Luttrell's book "Lone Survivor." In the photo section of the book Petty Officer Luttrell has captioned the picture of his platoon leader, LT. Murphy thus: "If they built a memorial to him as high as the Empire State Building, it would never be high enough for me."

This is a man the TV news can't be bothered to tell us about. I know you run a 'G' rated blog, but God Damn them to Hell.

(3) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Oct 25, 2007 6:53:01 PM | Permalink

Dear Mr. Dyer: This is a bit of a legal blog, so let's continue with the Latin praises:

Summa cum laude.

I think we can also use this as a judge of one facet of a President's character. Plainly, Geo. W had no trouble delivering this speech. I don't mean that he was glad Murphy died, but he was not uncomfortable being there and making such a speech. Not every President, nor candidate can make this claim. It's another point to judge them on.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(4) Phil made the following comment | Nov 4, 2007 7:27:32 PM | Permalink

Eloquence and Beauty.

Our nation is blessed to have volunteers like Michael who risk their lives for our freedom. We're blessed to have mothers and fathers like Maureen and Dan Murphy who raise sons of such courage and character. And we're blessed with the mercy of a loving God who comforts all those who grieve.

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