Newest Navy destroyer pays tribute to SEAL from NY

By Frank Eltman

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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.

Frank Eltman, Associated Press

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.

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