A couple of months ago, I read the book Sole Survivor by Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell about the battle he and fellow Navy SEALS Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class, Matthew Axelson and Lt. Michael Murphy
fought in Afghanistan. WaPo Article Glenn Beck Interview pt. 2.
It's an amazing story of a very valiant fight. I have to pause here -- in school they tell you not to overuse adjective and adverbs -- this is one of those rare instances where there aren't enough. You simply need to read the book to find out what these heroes did in the face of incredible odds.
However, the book concluded noting that Luttrell, Dietz, and Axe were all awarded the Navy Cross. But there was no mention of "Murph.' Curious, I googled and came up with silence. It was then I realized he was up for the Medal of Honor.
Yesterday, President Bush recognized that Lt. Murphy (picture at right) paid the ultimate sacrifice for his men and his country, presenting the Medal of Honor to his parents, Dan and Maureen Murphy.
Here are the President's formal remarks.
Washington Times News Story
Please see also, the AP news story here.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Stars and Stripes has several audio clips.
Newsday has some video reports.
CBS has several reports, including the comments from his fiancee, Heather Duggan.
Notes: Retitled from "Sole Survivor" which references Marcus Lutrell's book of the same name.