Navy SEAL’s parents accept medal for Afghanistan valor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“What we were most touched by was that the president immediately put that on underneath his shirt, and when he made the presentation of the Medal of Honor, he wore that against his chest,” said the father. After the ceremony, Dan Murphy said, Bush told the family, “I was inspired by having Michael next to my chest.” The father, who fought back tears during the ceremony, said they were “deeply moved” by Bush’s gesture. “It was very emotional on everybody’s part,” said Maureen Murphy. Bush praised their son’s battlefield decision as typical of someone who, even as a boy, was devoted to others. “While their missions were often carried out in secrecy, their love of country and devotion to each other was always clear,” Bush said. “On June 28, 2005, Michael would give his life for these ideals.” Murphy’s parents both cried at points in the ceremony as they stood next to the president and listened to their son’s heroism recounted. Vice President Dick Cheney also attended, as did a handful of past Medal of Honor recipients. “There’s a lot of awards in the military, but when you see a Medal of Honor, you know whatever they went through is pretty horrible. You don’t congratulate anyone when you see it,” said Marcus Luttrell, the lone member of Murphy’s team to survive the firefight with the Taliban.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Shot in the back, making a desperate call for help for his men trapped on the side of an Afghanistan cliff, Lt. Michael Murphy heard help was on the way, and said simply: “Roger that, sir. Thank you.” The 29-year-old Navy SEAL from Patchogue, N.Y., gave his life in order to make that call, putting himself in a position exposed to enemy fire but the only one in which he could get a signal. That selfless act was honored Monday by President George W. Bush at the White House, where he presented Murphy’s parents with the Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest military award for valor, and the first given for combat in Afghanistan. Moments before the emotional ceremony, Murphy’s parents gave Bush a gold dog tag with their son’s name and image on it. last_img

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