Lieutenant Michael "Murph" Patrick Murphy was born in Smithtown, NY and grew up in the NYC commuter town of Patchogue, NY on Long Island. He was commissioned on December 13th, 2000 and graduated with BUD/S class 236. As an Officer, Murph chose to use Engine 53 and Ladder 43 as a symbol for his teammates. Shortly after being deployed, Mike requested enough company patches to distribute to his fellow SEAL members. We were informed that Mike wore our patch with pride on every mission, on every deployment.
Upon graduation from BUD/S he attended the Army Jump School, SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) and SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) school. Lt. Murphy checked on board SDV Team ONE in July of 2002. In October of 2002 he deployed with FOXTROT Platoon to Jordan as the LNO for EARLY VICTOR. Following that assignment, LT Murphy was attached to SOCCENT and deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). After returning from Qatar, LT Murphy was deployed to the Horn of Africa, Djibouti, to assist in the operational planning of future SDV missions. As AOIC of ALFA Platoon, LT Murphy Deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
Murph was killed June 28, 2005 while conducting counter-terrorism operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Coalition forces located his remains while conducting a combat search-and-rescue operation July 4 in Kunar province. Shortly after returning from their deployment a number of Murph’s teammates visited Engine 53 Ladder 43. The SEAL Team presented a plaque in dedication, including the company patch that Mike wore on the day that he fell.
LT Murphy's personal awards include the Silver Star, Purple Heart, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
Murph attended Penn State University, where he was an exceptional all-around athlete and student, excelling at ice hockey and graduating with honors. Following school, he was accepted to several law schools before changing course and going to OCS in 2000.
LT Murphy is survived by his mother, Maureen Murphy; his father, Dan Murphy; his brother, John Murphy; and his fiancee, Heather Duggan.
The LT Michael P. Murphy USN, Memorial Scholarship Foundation was founded to provide scholarships to Suffolk County students and Purple Heart veterans. Donations are being accepted to the Foundation and can be sent to William F. Andes, Jr., Esq. at 224 Griffing Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901.