Friday, October 12, 2007
Fallen Navy SEAL to Receive Medal of Honor
Navy SEAL LT Michael Murphy was killed in action in Afghanistan during Operation REDWING in 2005. On October 11, The Navy announced that for his actions on June 28, 2005, he will be awarded the Medal of Honor.
On October 22, the President, on the behalf of Congress, will present the Medal of Honor to his family.
The Medal of Honor was created in 1861, and is the nations highest military award for valor.
More information can be found here.
I can't help being deeply moved after reading through the accounts of LT Murphy's actions, and those of his fellow SEALs, in a way that is difficult to describe.
The sole survivor of that battle chronicled the experience in the book "Lone Survivor".
I'm also waiting for the inevitable comment somewhere that he "won" the medal. Personal awards for valor aren't "won". They are "awarded". Valor decorations are not something that you compete or vie for. Characterizing his actions on that day as some sort of competition demeans them in a small way. That may be just me, tho.