Saturday, October 06, 2012

Fighter jets fly over as Navy destroyer is commissioned for fallen Navy SEAL

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Navy honored a fallen soldier this morning who gave his life for his country.

A commissioning ceremony was held today for the Navy's newest destroyer, named the U.S.S. Michael Murphy, at Pier 88 on Manhattan's West Side.

The event featured a cannon salute, a parachute jump over the Hudson River and a fighter jet flyover that could be seen and heard from Staten Island.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, known to his friends and family as "Murph," was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL team in support of Operation Red Wing on June 28, 2005.
Three goat herders who spotted his team reportedly alerted their presence to Taliban fighters. During a fierce gun battle on the face of a steep mountain, Murphy ran into the open to transmit a call for help.

He managed to make the call and continued to fight. Murphy was killed during the two-hour gunfight. Only one of his men survived.

The 36-year-old Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

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