Medal of Honor
to be Awarded to
Navy SEAL Lt Mike Murphy
It was announced by the White House and confirmed by the Pentagon that Navy SEAL Lt Mike Murphy will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan. The ceremony will take place on October 22 at the White House.
Murphy, 29, was leading a four-man observation team in Afghanistan when they were spotted by Taliban fighters. During intense fighting, he and two of his men were killed, and a fourth man, former Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was seriously wounded but managed to escape and was rescued days later. Sixteen were killed in a rescue attempt.
This is the first Medal of Honor awared in the Afghanistan theatre of operations.
The events that led to this award are chronicled in the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.