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Beard Of The Day – May 27th – Lieutenant Michael Murphy

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In June of 2005,¬†Lieutenant Michael Murphy led a four-man Seal team on a search for a Taliban leader in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. Shortly into their mission, they were spotted by Taliban forces and a firefight broke out. Vastly outnumbered, around 50-100 Taliban to the 4 Navy Seals, Murphy and his team became pinned down in a steep ravine. Unable to get a radio signal from their position, Murphy left his cover and exposed himself in order to find a signal to call for help. While making the call, Murphy was shot several times but still managed to give support their position before picking up his rifle and re-joining the fight. Sadly, Murphy did not survive his wounds but thanks to his bravery, one member of his team did. Murphy was¬†posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Purple Heart and in 2012, a US Navy Destroyer was named in his honor.

Everyone have a safe Memorial Day. And to all the men and women serving, thank you.

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