Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy Award
LT Michael P. Murphy was a decorated United States Navy SEAL. LT Murphy was awarded the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his valiant actions during the war in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the military to receive this medal for service since the Vietnam War. During his military career, LT Murphy received twelve different military decorations, including: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal.
The bravery and intellect LT Michael P. Murphy possessed to lead his fellow SEAL team members was unmatched. LT Murphy heroically led a four-man SEAL team deep into enemy territory in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. Ambushed by overwhelming Taliban forces, LT Murphy gallantly climbed onto the open high ground to make a call for rescue. Wounded, he fought on, allowing one member of his squad to escape. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds, LT Murphy is credited with gallantly risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor, described LT Michael P. Murphy as "an iron-souled warrior of colossal, almost unbelievable courage." LT Murphy’s parents will attest that from a young age, he was a natural born protector who believed that education was the key to becoming an outstanding person and leader.
On January 20, 2017, the Veterans Awards in conjunction with The Veterans Inaugural Ball will proudly present the “Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy Award” to the most impactful military friendly educational institution.
Universities are vital to obtaining and sustaining a future for our service members. They are an important contributor to the development of leadership qualities and attributes that are crucial in the growth of a military professional. LT Michael P. Murphy was an avid believer of this sentiment and felt that education was vital. In fact his favorite saying was “Education will set you free.” He was a member of the National Honor Society in Patchogue-Medford High School, and later attended Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with two bachelor’s degrees, in political science and psychology with honors.
Through his selfless leadership, courageous actions, and devotion to education LT Michael P. Murphy was able to uphold the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service to become the true definition of heroism.
“The only easy day was yesterday!”