Saturday Open Thread


Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy

Date of Issue: 10/22/2007
Organization: U.S. Navy, ALFA Platoon, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an extremely rugged enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy’s team was discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their position to Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged his four-member team. Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of the team. Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates. Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his Headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team. In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, courageous actions, and extraordinary devotion to duty, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

11 comments to Saturday Open Thread

  • The insomniac’s lament: First.

    • -fritz-

      I know the feeling!

      Coffee, krullers and calamity. I’ll be back in a minute or few to explain. I have to get a link!

      Loyal Goatherd posted this late yesterday and I don’t think anyone got a look. This is some pretty important info, that I thought needed a boost so more could see exactly what we are up against in the war on terror! I honestly believe that America is on borrowed time, considering what we have running the country and the Muslim outlook on America. I don’t like being a naysayer or appear to be a crackpot, but I think I stand on pretty solid ground when I say that we all need to have Christ in our hearts and lives or there will literally be hell to pay! And the sooner we realize our sinful condition and ask Him in, the better!

      • Loyal Goatherd

        Some will dismiss this as fever swamp sourced, but there is no conspiracy theory running through this. Just information that our betters will not accept, let alone report. Thanks for the re-run, -fritz-. For a second I thought it was the other post….

        • -fritz-

          The video is a definite eye opener! Thanks LGH for posting this yesterday. It kept me awake most of the night…but that’s not a bad thing!

          • INFJ

            Thanks, LGH, and thanks fritz for repeating the video. So many of us have our heads in the sand. Islamists are dedicated to our destruction while we use euphemisms like “workplace violence” to describe their actions against us. We must be careful not to “provoke them”, which to them must seem like weakness.

            • -fritz-

              And…if you saw Obama’s excerpts…he can claim to be a Christian till the cows come home…the man is a Muslim! No doubt about it. I am still very ticked about the fact that he was not vetted before allowed on the ballot in ’08. With Ayers and Dorn as friends, and all the hiding of college transcripts, and the debacle of the, I still believe faked birth certificate (sorry Floyd, but I’ve seen too many faked driver’s licenses and birth certificates over the years I worked security to believe that phony piece of garbage he finally produced; especially since he supposedly had nothing to hide…why so long?) And another curious thing…why the second, private swearing in ceremony (for both inaugurations!) after the public one? Hand on the Bible in public…hand on the Koran for the 2nd private one?

              • -fritz-

                According to the Muslim’s own verses, all American citizens/taxpayers are potential terror targets! Not a happy place to be, quite literally. Meanwhile Obama is fiddling while Rome is burning!

  • RIP, Lieutenant Murphy, aka Threedonia’s American Bad-Ass #25 this month.

  • -fritz-

    RIP Lt. Murphy, soldier, hero! God bless his family and friends!

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