SEAL of Honor

SEAL of Honor

Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781591149576
Branch Call Number: 92 MURPHY
B Murphy Williams
Characteristics: xx, 216 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Lieutenant Murphy, the leader of a Navy SEAL squad, was killed during a fierce battle against the Taliban on a remote mountainside in the Kongeral Valley of Afghanistan on 28 June 2005. The first to receive the nation's highest military honor for service in Afghanistan, Lieutenant Murphy was also... Read More »

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Oct 01, 2015

Gary Williams’ ‘Seal of Honor’ – tells the story of Lt. Michael P. Murphy who died during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan. This book should be a companion novel to Marcus Luttrell’s book 'Lone Survivor' – Operation Red Wing Seal Team 10. I mean no disrespect to this American hero, and Congressional Medal of Honor winner, but this is a painful read in more ways than one.
The author starts out by sharing the fear and then the pain in vivid detail that Lt. Murphy’s family experienced when he was declared as missing in action and later confirmed as dead. A reader cannot help but feel the grief and pain his family experienced. I am not sure why anyone would write in such detail about the loss of a loved one, or why anyone would want to share that pain by reading about it.
You next read about Lt. Murphy’s life from primary school through university, and then BUDS - Naval Special Warfare Training Center (seal training program) in Coronado, CA; that was when I gave up a third way into this book. I simply could not bring myself to once again read about the Navy Seal training program; way too much detail for my taste. It is interesting to read about BUDS once, but after you read a few books about Navy Seals, it becomes painfully boring. Lt. Murphy was a remarkable American, but I cannot endorse or recommend this book to readers - Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.


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