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Michael Patrick Murphy

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Calverton National Cemetery

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Born:  May 7, 1976 at Smithtown, NY

Entered Service in the US Navy from Patchogue, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Global War on Terrorism For heroism June 27 - 28, 2005  in Afghanistan

Died:  Killed in Action on June 28, 2005 at the age of 29

During the period June 27 to 28, 2005, in a campaign known as Operation Red Wing, Lieutenant Murphy led a four-man reconnaissance team on a mission to locate a top Taliban leader. The group was dropped off by helicopter in a remote, mountainous area east of Asadabad in Kunar Province, near the Pakistan border. Hostile locals discovered their presence and alerted dozens of nearby insurgents, who surrounded and attacked the small group. During the subsequent fight, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead his men despite being wounded, and eventually crawled into an exposed area in order to make a radio call for help. A helicopter loaded with reinforcements was dispatched to rescue the team, but was shot down with the loss of all sixteen people aboard.

 

 

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