If you’ve ever watched the movie “Lone Survivor” starring Taylor Kitsch and Mark Wahlberg than the heroic story of LT. Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y. will be very familiar to you. The movie dramatizes the 2005 United States Navy SEALs counter-insurgent mission, Operation Red Wings. Murphy led a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team, that comprised of snipers Marcus Luttrell and Matthew “Axe” Axelson, and communications specialist Danny Dietz, to capture or kill high-value Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah, who was responsible for killing United States Marines, villagers, and refugees who were aiding American forces.
On June 28th, 2005, the men were ambushed by overwhelming Taliban forces and a fierce 45-minute firefight ensued. Despite his severe wounds, LT Murphy climbed to higher ground into the open to make an electronic call for help. He, along with his men, continued fighting as they waited for reinforcements. However, their help perished when the MH-47 helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and crashed.
The four-man SEAL squad courageously fought on. Unfortunately, Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell was the lone survivor. Even with two wounded legs, he was able to retreat the Hindu-Kush mountains and was hidden and protected by an Afghani shepherd until he was rescued days later.
In honor of the great American warrior, LT. Michael P. Murphy, who fought tirelessly to protect our great country, every Memorial Day we do “MURPH”. Originally named “Body Armor”, it was one of Mike’s favorite workouts. It’s more than just a workout, it is a tradition that pushes us to our limits. The pain and the sweat we dedicate to a man who gave everything to his country. It also humbles us, but proves that we too can overcome something that is so mentally and physically tough.
Good luck to everyone partaking this Memorial Day. Post your scores below!
1 mile Run
1 mile Run
**Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed (example: 20 Rounds: 5 pull-ups, 10 push ups, 15 squats). Start and finish with a mile run. If you have a vest or body armor, wear it (Men: 20lbs / Women: 14lbs).
If you want to learn more watch this 5 minute tribute video.