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Frank Eltman, Associated Press
Crew members from the USS Michael Murphy gather at the gravesite of the Navy SEAL during a memorial service at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, N.Y. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. USS Michael Murphy, a Navy destroyer named for the Medal of Honor recipient killed in Afghanistan in 2005, will be commissioned in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

CALVERTON, N.Y. — The U.S. Navy is set to commission its newest destroyer with the name of a lieutenant from New York who became the first American awarded the Medal of Honor in Afghanistan.

A ceremony is scheduled for Saturday in New York City to commission the USS Michael Murphy.

The 29-year-old Long Island native was killed in 2005 along with two fellow SEALs during an ambush. Murphy is credited with exposing himself to enemy fire to call in a request for assistance.

Sixteen of his rescuers also died when their helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade. The only SEAL to survive has since written a book about the battle.

A movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch is being made about the firefight.