SEAL of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of LT. Michael P. Murphy, USN

SEAL of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of LT. Michael P. Murphy, USN

by Gary Williams


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Lt.Michael Patrick Murphy, a Navy SEAL, earned the Medal of Honor on 28 June 2005 for his bravery during a fierce fight with the Taliban in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan. The first to receive the nation's highest military honor for service in Afghanistan, Lt. Murphy was also the first naval officer to earn the medal since the Vietnam War, and the first SEAL to be honored posthumously. A young man of great character, he is the subject of Naval Special Warfare courses on character and leadership, and an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, naval base, school, post office, ball park, and hospital emergency room have been named in his honor.

A bestselling book by the sole survivor of Operation Red Wings, Marcus Luttrell, has helped make Lt. Murphy's SEAL team's fateful encounter with the Taliban one of the Afghan war's best known engagements. Published on the 5th anniversary of the engagement, SEAL of Honor also tells the story of that fateful battle, but it does so from a very different perspective being focused on the life of Lt. Murphy. This biography uses his heroic action during this deadly firefight in Afghanistan, as a window on his character and attempts to answer why Lt. Murphy readily sacrificed his life for his comrades. SEAL of Honor is the story of a young man, who was noted by his peers for his compassion and for his leadership being guided by an extraordinary sense of duty, responsibility, and moral clarity.

In tracing Lt. Murphy's journey from a seemingly ordinary life on New York's Long Island, to that remote mountainside a half a world away, SEAL of Honor will help readers understand how he came to demonstrate the extraordinary heroism and selfless leadership that earned him the nation's highest military honor. Moreover, the book brings the Afghan war back to the home front, focusing on Lt. Murphy's tight knit family and the devastating effect of his death upon them as they watched the story of Operation Red Wings unfold in the news. The book attempts to answer why Lt. Murphy's service to his country and his comrades was a calling faithfully answered, a duty justly upheld, and a life, while all too short, well lived.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591149651
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gary Williams is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a master's degree in public administration. Married with six children, he is a career 30-year employee with the state of Ohio. He is the author of the Siege in Lucasville.

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations ix

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 The Knock on the Door 1

Chapter 2 Vigil for the Valiant 10

Chapter 3 Funeral for the Fallen 21

Chapter 4 Seeds of Greatness 33

Chapter 5 "The Protector" 39

Chapter 6 Prep Schools for SEALs 44

Chapter 7 Officer Candidate School 53

Chapter 8 BUD/S: The Price of Admission 59

Chapter 9 Agoge: Earning the Trident 81

Chapter 10 Warrior Community and Structure 99

Chapter 11 Deployment Work-up 108

Chapter 12 Operation Enduring Freedom 115

Chapter 13 Afghanistan-Home of al-Qaeda 122

Chapter 14 When Character Met Circumstance: Operation Red Wings 130

Chapter 15 Rescue Mission 145

Chapter 16 Answering the Call 151

Chapter 17 No One Left Behind 171

Chapter 18 In the Presence of Warriors 176

Chapter 19 Memorials to a Hero 181

Chapter 20 Of Service and Sacrifice 187

Chapter 21 Growing Legacy 197

Postscript 202

Epilogue 204

Appendix: Naval Special Warfare Community Support Groups 206

Sources 209

Index 212

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