On June 28, 2005, Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy was killed in action as part of Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan. While on a counter-insurgency mission in the mountains of the Kunar province, his SEAL team came under heavy fire from all sides. Unwilling to risk the lives of his men, Lieutenant Murphy ran into an open clearing, bravely exposed himself to a hail of bullets in order to get a clear radio signal and request additional support. Despite being shot more than 14 times, Lieutenant Murphy completed the call, and he and his fellow SEALs valiantly continued fighting to defend the position down to the very last man. Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage in the face of danger.
Lieutenant Murphy’s story quickly became legend in the SEAL community and beyond. It came to represent what it truly means to serve, and embodied the very concept of sacrifice.