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Michael Patrick Murphy

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U.S. Navy (SEAL) 
Medal Of Honor, Afghanistan

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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.

Michael Murphy's SEAL Team was the most-decorated team in history. Lieutenant Murphy and two of his men, Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Dietz and Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Axelson, were killed in the action; the survivor, Marcus Luttrell, was eventually rescued. All three of Murphy's men were awarded the Navy's second-highest honor, the Navy Cross, for their part in the battle.

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