Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The first Medal of Honor for combat in Afghanistan was awarded posthumously today to Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy of Patchogue, N.Y. President Bush wore a gold dog tag that Murphy's parents gave him moments before he presented them with the nation's highest military honor for valor.
Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, United States Navy SEALMurphy, who was 29, is the fourth Navy SEAL to earn the award and the first since the Vietnam War. Murphy's father, Dan, said the family was "deeply moved" by Bush's gesture. "It was very emotional on everybody's part," added Murphy's mother, Maureen.