Come join us for our 2nd Annual Mile High Murph in honor of Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy (May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL who was awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during Operation Red Wings (Afghanistan).

Navy photo of him in Afghanistan

Once you see what the mission was, what happened, and his actions were while in the heat of a fierce firefight, you'll understand the merit of awarding the Medal of Honor to him.  Operation Red Wings was a four person reconnaissance mission of Ahmad Shah, a significant Taliban leader.  The team was comprised Murphy, Danny DietzMarcus Luttrell, and Matthew Axelson. Their position was compromised when a goat herder spotted them and they found themselves chased by a much larger force (~50 Taliban).  They were on rugged, steep, and unforgiving mountain terrain in the middle of this fierce firefight, which compounded the severity of the situation when they could not make the distress call back to the base. The following is from the official summary of action from his MOH award: 

Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men. 

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire.  This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy.  While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in.  Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

Three SEALs of the team (Murphy, Dietz, and Axelson) were killed in the fighting, in addition to 16 American Special Operations Forces soldiers, who were killed when their helicopter was shot down while attempting to extract the SEAL Team. Prior to a helicopter being shot down in 2011, it was both the largest loss of life for American forces since the invasion began [1] and the largest loss for the SEALs since the Vietnam War. Luttrell was the only surviving American sailor from the squad; he was protected by local villagers, who sent an emissary to the closest military base, allowing a rescue team to locate him.


Although Memorial Day Weekend is often thought of as the weekend marking the beginning of summer, it is the time to remember and honor all Americans who have died in military service.  Take a moment of silence to remember all those who gave their all. 



"Murph"

For time: 
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

This workout was one of Mike's favorites and he'd named it "Body Armor".  Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you've got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.

 

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