Navy SEAL, Lieutenant Michael Murphy, and his four-man team were ambushed by a large enemy, Taliban force, during a 2005 mountain-side reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. Badly outnumbered, as they fought for their lives, though already wounded, Lieutenant Murphy bravely moved out into the open, in order to get a radio call out for air-support. In that bold attempt to save his team from annihilation, he was shot again, this time fatally. SEAL Marcus Luttrell was the only one of the four to survive, thanks to instinct, luck, and the brave villagers who shielded him for days. Tragically, those fellow SEALS and their courageous Night Stalker crew, then flying to the rescue, were all killed when their rescue helicopter was shot down on approach. This battle, born of American compassion, was painfully-documented in Luttrell's book, "Lone Survivor."
SEAL Team Leader Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the first in the Afghan conflict, for his extraordinary efforts, at the cost of his life. Now, this weekend, his name will be immortalized, at the commissioning, in New York, of the Navy's newest guided-missile destroyer, the USS Michael Murphy. May that state-of-the-art ship now go, proudly forth, to help protect America's security and freedom, just as its namesake American warrior fought so valiantly to do, as well.