Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Fallen Soldier

I have just created a new web site as part of the Fallen Soldiers and Chay projects.

The site is Michael P Murphy, A Fallen Soldier.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy was killed in action in Afghanistan in June, 2005.

He was a Navy SEAL and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

I first learned of Lt. Murphy in the New York Times.

I decided to begin a site in his honor for several reasons:

He was raised in the New York area, as was SSgt. Kyu Hyuk Chay.

He was accepted into law-school in 1998 but decided to join the military and train to become a military commando.

SSgt. Chay could have attended officer’s school, but decided that he had to serve as an enlisted man before he could become an officer, as he wanted to understand what it meant to be an enlisted man before he learned how to lead them. This is an extraordinary testament to his integrity.

Lt. Murphy is of course notable in that he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. [1]

I also started Lt. Murphy’s site to attempt to measure the effect of his Medal of Honor.

No Fallen Soldier is better than any other. The Fallen Soldiers don’t care since they are dead. That any of we the living care — trying to weigh one against the other — speaks only of our lack of character, not of theirs.

However, I expect Lt. Murphy’s medal will draw as much media scrutiny as one can expect, even though it comes over two years after his death. As such, it will provide a measure of just how much attention our society pays to our Fallen Soldiers and their Survivors.

While most would say the Medal of Honor is priceless, my guess is that the measure of Lt. Murphy will be closer than we expect to that of SSgt. Chay. To paraphrase President Abraham Lincoln, “The world will little note or long remember what they did there …”

I hope I’m wrong.

We shall see.


1. Though I take great comfort in this project, I take no comfort in that I just had to check the dictionary for the spelling of “posthumously.”

I take even less comfort in that I know without checking the dictionary how to spell such words as “hate,” “bigotry,” “homophobia,””antisemitism” and “prejudice,” to say nothing of their gutter variants such as “n*g*e*”, “t*w*e*h*a*,” “s*i*”, “k*k*,” and so forth.

That’s because we all see daily evidence of the people who actively demonstrate their mastery of these terms.


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