Saturday, May 14, 2011

Navy SEAL Medal of Honor Recipients

 U.S. Navy SEALs, who received our country's highest award for bravery:
Lt. Thomas Norris - Rescued 2 downed pilots in
Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, 1972 - The movie
  Bat*21 told the story of the rescue. 
Lt.(j.g.) Joseph Robert Kerrey - Valiantly led his men
to capture important members of the enemy's
 political cadre near Nha Trang Bay,
Vietnam, 1969
Lt. Michael P. Murphy- bravely put himself in the line
of enemy fire and called in support for his team,
Afghanistan, 2005
Lt. Michael Edwin Thornton - For saving the life
 of his superior officer, Lt. Thomas Norris,
in Vietnam, 1972

Senior Chief Edward C. Byers, Jr., received 
the MOH for his actions during a 2012
 rescue operation in Afghanistan.
 Details of the Mission:

Friday, May 13, 2011

U.S. Navy Medal of Honor Recipients

This is the Military Times website.  Read the complete citation for each Medal of Honor Recipient.  Type in "Navy Medal of Honor Recipients" in the Search box.

Tom Norris and Mike Thornton

The Story of Tom Norris and Mike Thornton.  Great site with more than just their story.

Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy

What Lieutenant Murphy’s Medal of Honor Means to All SEALs

by Mark Divine, Founder/CEO,
SEALs often take for granted the heroics of their own deeds. It’s part of the culture.
“Above and beyond the call of duty” is simply the standard by which Naval Special Warfare operators measure their every-day tasks. It is inherent to that part of the SEAL Ethos that demands we “earn our Trident every day”.
But even by such standards, Lieutenant Michael Murphy’s actions of 28 June 2005 were extraordinary. Surely he knew the risks associated with moving from a covered position to make a call for help, but he did it anyway. Why? Because the SEALs in his charge - his brothers - were in danger. And while in the open, cell phone in hand, calmly relaying his position to his team’s would-be rescuers, he took an enemy round squarely in the back. Un-phased, he picked up his phone and finished the conversation.
No one can know how he’ll perform under fire until the moment actually arrives. Michael Murphy’s conduct while engaged with the enemy not only exceeded the expectations of even the most battle-hardened combat veterans, but it also honored the tradition and memory of those SEALs who have sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom, but whose stories will never be told due to the highly classified nature of Special Warfare.
I like to think the President’s posthumously awarding Lieutenant Murphy the Congressional Medal of Honor recognizes, in part, the contributions of Naval Special Warfare as a community to the Global War on Terror. Nineteen SEALs have been killed in action since 11 September 2001. Not since Vietnam has the community suffered such losses.
Taking nothing away from Lieutenant Murphy’s remarkable courage and valor as an individual, his receiving our nation’s highest military honor nevertheless makes me proud for our entire community. We can never know exactly which influences or combination of values and experiences enabled Michael Murphy to perform as he did on that mountain in Afghanistan, but I think it’s fair to say that his SEAL brothers; BUD/s instructors, classmates, Teammates, and others; played a part. Each of us who wears the Trident should take great pride in that.
Glory-seeking is not the way of the SEALs. That said, I am profoundly satisfied that our nation is honoring Lieutenant Michael Murphy in the manner he so rightly deserves.

Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy

Class 236
Michael P. Murphy  (Top Row, Left)

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), and the final ship
of the original 62-ship procurement of the DDG 51 class shipbuilding
program, on its way to New York for commissioning ceremony on October 6, 2012.
(Navy photo released.)

NEW YORK (Oct. 6, 2012) Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class Thomas Kinn, assigned to the U.S. Navy Parachute Demonstration Team, The Leap Frogs, flies an American flag over the commissioning ceremony of the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) at Manhattan's pier 88. The new destroyer honors the late Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, a New York native who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat as leader of a four-man reconnaissance team in Afghanistan. Murphy was the first person to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan, and the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War. The ship will be based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Scorza/Released)

Operation Red Wing Medal of Honor Park

Michael Monsoor

Michael Monsoor, 2nd Navy SEAL who was killed in Iraq. This photo was taken during an extraction after a firefight and the smoke was used to conceal their movements to the enemy.

Photo:  Wikipedia

Michael Monsoor - Tribute

Very moving tribute to Michael:

1st Class Charles Keating IV

U.S. Navy, Special Warfare Operator
1st Class Charles Keating IV, 31,
of San Diego. Navy SEAL Keating was shot and
killed Tuesday, May 3, 2016,
in Iraq during a gun battle that involved more
than 100 Islamic State fighters. 
(U.S. Navy via A.P.)

Navy SEAL Dan Healy - The 'Russkie' Frog

Tribute to Senior Chief Navy SEAL Dan Healy: