Video: NBC News salutes MOH winner Lt. Michael Murphy

posted at 9:10 am on October 17, 2007 by Allahpundit

The first Medal of Honor recipient of the Afghan war, killed in a firefight with the Taliban that saw two of his three team members die alongside him and then 16 more soldiers, eight of them Navy SEALs, perish when an RPG hit the Chinook that was carrying them to the scene as reinforcements. According to the LA Times, it was the bloodiest day for Navy special ops since World War II. Murphy

Bush will award the medal to his parents next Monday. In case you’re unfamiliar with what he did to earn the award, I won’t spoil it; just watch and marvel. Kudos to NBC for putting this together. Click the image to watch.

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Read “Lone Survivor” if you haven’t already. I cried through the entire thing. May your memory be eternal, Mike Murphy.

pullingmyhairout on October 17, 2007 at 9:19 AM

I recommend for everyone to read Marcus Luttrell’s account in “Lone Survivor.” You will be deeply moved. There are real awesome American patriots out there putting theor lives on the line.

While NBC News rightly did report on the award of the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael Murphy, the New York Times did not report one word about it even though Lt. Murphy was from Long Island. Shame on the New York Times.

Phil Byler on October 17, 2007 at 9:19 AM

Totally shocked NBC gives a rip. Not surprised at the NY Times as they are traitors.

Lt Michael Murphy is inspiring and makes me proud to be an American.

katieanne on October 17, 2007 at 9:27 AM

The Times claimed last week they would mention him at some point.

Have they done so yet?

Abu Ghraib merited 50+ cover stories.

A genuine local hero?

Bupkes.

JammieWearingFool on October 17, 2007 at 9:37 AM

The family was on Fox and Friends also.

Wade on October 17, 2007 at 9:45 AM

Released non-combatants knowing that they would go to the enemy…honor above all.

The last thing liberals want to hear…and the last thing they know anything about.

That is the type of man the liberals want to destroy.

right2bright on October 17, 2007 at 9:48 AM

That was NBC? WOW! There is hope after all!

Yeah, agreed with Pulling and Phil, that book was one of the best I’ve read in years, and I read one a week. The most heartbreaking part was the choper that got shot down.

Another great book I’d recommend is “We Were One” about the Marines in Falluja. House by house and room by room, it’s friggin’ unbelievable.

Tony737 on October 17, 2007 at 9:49 AM

oooops. That should say chopper.

Tony737 on October 17, 2007 at 9:50 AM

It is rare to hear anything in the news about our Navy Seals, and with good reason. These elite troops stay in the background and hide in the shadows while performing high-risk missions beyond our front lines.

You can be certain that the night before ground troops begin a sweep of a suspected safe area for Al Qaeda, the Navy Seals were there under cover of darkness, verifying the exact location and numbers of the enemy. They get close enough to smell them, do their job and get out. On a daily basis, they risk their lives in order to save the lives of their fellow comrades in arms. They go about their business unselfishly and unnoticed.

God Bless Lt. Murphy and his parents.

From a proud father of a Navy Seal.

fogw on October 17, 2007 at 9:51 AM

Released non-combatants knowing they would go to the enemy…”

P.C. rules, soldiers die.

profitsbeard on October 17, 2007 at 9:51 AM

Even though Lt. Murphy was a native son from Long Island there is no mention of his heroic act in the New York Times. That vile, left wing rag is even more repulsive than I had previously thought.

rplat on October 17, 2007 at 10:01 AM

I am surprised this wasn’t a hachet job on this brave man. Kudos to NBC for showing some class this time.

(BTW, why does the commercial preceding the story have audible volume, while the story video requires a hearing aid?)

Texas Nick 77 on October 17, 2007 at 10:03 AM

I just received ‘Lone Survivor’ in the mail yesterday afternoon and I couldn’t put it down.

pistolero on October 17, 2007 at 10:08 AM

F*ck NBC; I won’t let the stain of association diminish Murphy in any way.

He is worthy of our greatest honor. May God care for him personally for all eternity, and may all Americans know his name and the way he lived and fought.

Jaibones on October 17, 2007 at 10:12 AM

Here’s a link to the page for submitting letters to NYT.
http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/lettertoeditor.html

I’ve created a short letter based on words from posts above:

JammieWearingFool on October 17, 2007 at 9:37 AM

Phil Byler on October 17, 2007 at 9:19 AM

Editor, the Times,

While The NBC News rightly did report on the award of the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael Murphy, the New York Times the New York Times has not reported one word about it even though Lt. Murphy was from Long Island. Shame on the New York Times. Abu Ghraib merited 50+ cover stories. A genuine local hero? Bupkes. The Times claimed last week they would mention him at some point. Have they done so yet? We’re waiting.

Go thou and do likewise.

smellthecoffee on October 17, 2007 at 10:20 AM

God Bless Michael Murphy’s family.

smellthecoffee on October 17, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Thanks for the link, I will use it.
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abinitioadinfinitum on October 17, 2007 at 10:47 AM

I recommend for everyone to read Marcus Luttrell’s account in “Lone Survivor.”

Phil Byler on October 17, 2007 at 9:19 AM

I just heard him on a Levin podcast. The four SEALs, when their position was stumbled upon by the Afghan goat herders, had to decide whether to protect themselves by opening fire on the civilians or letting them go, knowing that they would be reported to the Taliban.

They voted to let them go after weighing the media and justice system they would face back home against the inevitable fight.

The fight did come, and it was these four brave SEALs who eventually ran out of ammunition against 100-150 Taliban armed with AKs and RPGs.

That’s right. They opted to save “innocent civilians” they knew would turn them in, and face their own death in combat rather than submit to the dishonest excoriation they knew would befall them, and by extension, the military and the administration, back home.

The Washington Post ran this extremely detailed story about the event.

Lieutenant Michael “Murph” Patrick Murphy. Let us repeat his name again and again.

RushBaby on October 17, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Lt. Murphy is an honor to our nation and a hero to us all, whether we knew him or not.

He is a real man…I find myself not tolerating a shred less these days. I’m finding myself with more “cahones” than most men, and I yell them so.

Thanks for the constant reminders here that real men beyond my hubby & close friends still exist, AP. I need ‘em right now. They keep us uplifted.

Miss_Anthrope on October 17, 2007 at 11:03 AM

I cried through the entire book.

Everyone of those men deserved the MoH and I’m sure Lt Murphy would be the first to agree. WE are so blessed that we have rough men willing to do battle on our behalf. God bless them all.

csdeven on October 17, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Better late than never? No.

This should have been the lead story whenthe story broke… last week.

What a shame that pressure has to come from other media outlets and the population in order for a story to get on the lamestream media.

madmonkphotog on October 17, 2007 at 11:48 AM

Proof that there are indeed people in this world that are better than you or I.

Jezla on October 17, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Proof that there are indeed people in this world that are better than you or I.

Jezla on October 17, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Amen.

PRCalDude on October 17, 2007 at 12:24 PM

I just received ‘Lone Survivor’ in the mail yesterday afternoon and I couldn’t put it down.

pistolero on October 17, 2007 at 10:08 AM

Good book. You should read “The Warrior Elite” after that. I talks about the BUD/S class Luttrell graduated with.

PRCalDude on October 17, 2007 at 12:25 PM

Proof that there are indeed people in this world that are better than you or I.

Jezla on October 17, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Indeed.

Michael Murphy is worth an infinite number of the effete and elite. They don’t matter, not one whit; he matters.

The happy truth is that – although you rarely hear of it – there are far, far more men like Murphy than we know.

They are the story of America. They’re the truth. The liberals and the press and the protesters? They aren’t even real. They’re just an ugly mask trying to hide the beautiful truth, because some people don’t want us to see that truth.

Michael Murphy was real – is real – and he is far from alone. There is a vast army of millions standing behind him.

Ignore the rest and ignore anyone who says differently. They don’t matter.

Professor Blather on October 17, 2007 at 12:26 PM

Navy special ops since World War II.

That’s actually Naval Special Warfare.

PRCalDude on October 17, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Remember this is one of the guys who Harry Reid says is losing to the Jihadis.
I hope that whoever beats Hillary cleans house at Justice and starts prosecuting for Treason, and makes sure our boys are honored for the sacrifices they’ve made for us.

Iblis on October 17, 2007 at 1:51 PM

Lone Survivor is a must read. I just finished it recently. If you don’t understand what our special forces are all about (I know that my understanding is minimal), read the whole thing. Here’s a link to Instapundit’s coverage of the book and also a link to a great interview of its author: http://instapundit.com/archives2/006423.php

It’s written as a flashback and, among other things, is a great tribute to Lt. Murphy and the other SEALs and servicemen who died.

Don’t be misled by the characterization in the media of Lt. Murphy’s decision to let the goatherders go. There’s not a chance he really believed they were innocent. He understood the rules of engagement and was responsible for administering them and performed his duty well — all the way to his grave. Luttrell’s account demonstrates that people like me and most Hot Air readers have no business dictating to our armed forces how they should go about fighting the war. Fact is, those mountains are a war zone and, while there are people living in the region, they allow our enemy to occupy it. Our president declared immediately after the twin towers fell that, “You’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists.” Sadly, those were merely words. If they knew they had the full support of our public behind them, those SEALs would probably be alive today and, in any event, I have no doubt they would have successfully accomplished their important and daring mission. Two plus years later our fading nation remains divided with legislators and seemingly serious contenders for commander in chief having more concern for our enemy than they have for our own men and women.

Collectively, we don’t owe Lt. Murhy and his parents our thanks; we owe them a profound apology.

EconomicNeocon on October 17, 2007 at 2:18 PM

Collectively, we don’t owe Lt. Murhy and his parents our thanks; we owe them a profound apology.

EconomicNeocon on October 17, 2007 at 2:18 PM

Ouch.

PRCalDude on October 17, 2007 at 3:20 PM

Fox & Friends had Murphy’s parents and brother, as well as the lone survivor of that battle.

RightWinged on October 17, 2007 at 5:09 PM

Hoo Rah; Salute, LT.

oldelpasoan on October 17, 2007 at 5:44 PM

P.C. rules, soldiers die.

profitsbeard on October 17, 2007 at 9:51 AM

Indeed they do. PC and cheap sentimentality truly hamstring our military. My husband was with the SEALs in Afghanistan in 2002, when they were sometimes required to protect Hamid Karzai. An attempt was made on Karzai, and one of the SEALs was grazed by a bullet to his head–obviously, very lucky to survive. He wrapped his t-shirt around his head to stop the bleeding, and continued to focus on protecting Karzai. On of the higher-ups in the military saw a photo of him without his shirt and went ballistic over it, saying they looked like “cowboys” (I thought that was criticism only foreigners leveled at us). As a result, some sort of new regulation was put in place about removing their shirts. Typical careerist in the military, worrying more about how something looks than doing what it takes to win. You can bet it wasn’t a Marine general.

DrMagnolias on October 17, 2007 at 7:01 PM

Typical careerist in the military, worrying more about how something looks than doing what it takes to win. You can bet it wasn’t a Marine general.

DrMagnolias on October 17, 2007 at 7:01 PM

The brass and senior officers are a cancer in this fight. From the solitary confinement of the Haditha marines at Pendleton, to the ROE, to the lack of moral courage they show in sticking up for their troops to reporters, they’re a disaster.

PRCalDude on October 17, 2007 at 7:24 PM

The brass and senior officers are a cancer in this fight. From the solitary confinement of the Haditha marines at Pendleton, to the ROE, to the lack of moral courage they show in sticking up for their troops to reporters, they’re a disaster.

PRCalDude on October 17, 2007 at 7:24 PM

Indeed they are, and it’s very difficult to see that changing any time soon–it infects the majority of the military culture. My husband is a Navy Captain who will never see Admiral because he has the courage his superior officers lack. And, there is such a demand for perfectionism, or rather, an odd notion of perfectionism, that really good officers are passed over for promotion, and quivering apple-polishers are promoted. Men (and women) with a true warrior spirit are in for a rough time. I love our country, I love our military, and I tremble for our future when I think that MBAs are running the show.

God bless LT Murphy and the rest of our warriors.

DrMagnolias on October 17, 2007 at 7:39 PM

God bless LT Murphy and the rest of our warriors.

DrMagnolias on October 17, 2007 at 7:39 PM

Indeed. God bless…

eanax on October 17, 2007 at 7:47 PM

I read Lone Survivor as well. A movie should be made on this book.They are the finest we have! F#$k the NY Times and all the cut and run democrats!THANK YOU LT.MURPHY AND ALL THE SEALS THAT FIGHT TO KEEP US SAFE!

build the wall on October 17, 2007 at 9:48 PM

They are our betters.

How proud and serene those parents are for their son and all the Soldiers. This country still has the greatest people on Earth.

I cry for my country, with joy for what it still is, and with sadness of what is yet to come, if good doesn’t prevail.

Entelechy on October 18, 2007 at 1:55 AM

Our military would have already vanquished the enemy and been home by now if they’d allow them to fight without the PC Bullshit. It’s amazing what these brave men have accomplished with one arm tied behind their backs.

Screw the politicos, the JAGs and the media. Much precious and needless American blood is on their hands. It needn’t be that way and they are solely to blame.

pistolero on October 18, 2007 at 9:29 AM