Petition to rename the high school after Lt. Michael P. Murphy, “USS Michael Murphy” DDG 112,

MOH Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy

Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy 5K Benefit Run/Walk~Bethpage NY~9-21-2008

Sunday 9/21/08 9am at Bethpage State Park, Nassau County NY (Long Island) there will be a 5K Benefit Run/Walk in Murph’s Honor and Memory.

Honorary Co-Chairs are Daniel and Maureen Murphy (his parents) and Congressman Peter King.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top overall finishers in all age categories. Registration is only $20.

New Island Hospital in Bethpage is expanding and will be creating a new NAVY LT. MICHAEL P. MURPHY EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. All proceeds will be going to purchase new emergency medical equipment and supplies. New Island Hospital’s ED delivers rapid fire life-saving care to nearly 40,000 patients a year. Murph himself always took on the role as protector, as a SEAL, and in earlier days as a dedicated lifeguard, and ALWAYS as a big brother.

Registration forms and information are available at

Above post/link from Long Island Girl:

(Updated 9/16/08)


Monday, April 14th at 7pm in the Medford Elementary School, the Board of Education heard the petition to rename the Patchogue Medford high school after Lt. Michael P. Murphy.

We are proud of the heroic actions of North Patchogue’s own son who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his unselfish courage in Afghanistan.
Congratulations to all my brothers and sisters of the North Patchogue fire department for speaking up and showing unity in supporting the renaming of the Patchogue-Medford High School in Mike’s honor.
Mike grew up in North Patchogue and graduated from PMHS.
Please watch this video …
(from Donna PAM-sent out from Brian)  Hooyah!  BRAVO ZULU!!  – WELL DONE!


Rank and Organization: Lieutenant, United States Navy
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.”,0,6675676.storygallery

(from Donna-origins with Alicia–BZ!)


2 Responses to “Petition to rename the high school after Lt. Michael P. Murphy, “USS Michael Murphy” DDG 112,”

  1. olotliny Says:

    BZ to Navy!!:)

    “The Murph”

    SECNAV Names New Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Michael Murphy
    Story Number: NNS080507-13
    Release Date: 5/7/2008

    By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Kevin S. O’Brien, Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Public Affairs

    LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (NNS) — Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter announced on May 7 at a ceremony in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., the name of the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be USS Michael Murphy. Designated as DDG 112, the name honors Lt. Michael Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wing, in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

    “Michael Murphy’s name which will be forever synonymous with astonishing courage under fire will now be associated with one of the U.S. Navy’s most technologically advanced, most powerful and most capable warships,” Winter said.

    Michael Murphy’s hometown of Patchogue, N.Y. held a dedication ceremony memorializing a park bearing Murphy’s name. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park contains a black granite wall dedicated to the men lost in Operation Red Wing with each member’s name inscribed. In the center of the memorial, a black granite stone is embedded into the floor of the plaza bearing the picture of Murphy and his Medal of Honor.

    A Navy SEAL, Murphy lead a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan, when they came under fire from a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position.

    Mortally wounded while exposing himself to enemy fire, Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters. While being shot at repeatedly, Murphy calmly provided his unit’s location and requested immediate support for his element. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds.

    “Every Sailor who crosses the brow, every Sailor who hears the officer of the deck announce the arrival of the commanding officer, and every Sailor who enters a foreign land representing our great nation will do so as an honored member of USS Michael Murphy,” Winter said.

    USS Michael Murphy will be one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced, state-of-the-art warships in the fleet. With the combination of Aegis, the vertical launching system, and advanced anti-submarine warfare system, advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles, the Arleigh Burke-class continues the revolution at sea.

    Utilizing a gas turbine propulsion system, USS Michael Murphy will be able to operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups.

    USS Michael Murphy will be the 62nd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. She is 509.5 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, displaces approximately 9,200 tons, has a crew size of 323 (23 officers and 300 enlisted) and she will make speed in excess of 30 knots.,0,6610075.story

  2. Thomas McGarvey Says:

    You are the pride of the McElhones God Bless

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