After long months of preparation and elite training, they thought they were ready for anything.
On June 27, 2005, Lieutenant Michael Murphy was called to make the ultimate sacrifice. As part of the four-man SEAL team that infiltrated deep into the Afghan mountains in Operation Redwing, he made a phone call that would cost him his life to give his comrades a chance of rescue.
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Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates.
Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team.For more information.