Navy SEAL Honored
By Julia Brodsky, Editorial Assistant
June / July 2015
On April 18 in Kinsale, County Cork, Lt. Michael Murphy was honored at a commemoration of the Irish Veterans Association’s and a plaque was dedicated to his memory.
The Navy SEAL, a Long Island native, was killed in Afghanistan in 2005 after exposing himself to enemy fire in order to aid his team. His actions earned him a posthumous Medal of Honor in 2007, among many other accolades, and his heroism is depicted in the film Lone Survivor, starring Irish American Mark Wahlberg.
Irish Veterans Association acknowledges and offers support for any military veteran of Irish heritage and aims to help veterans bond through a shared background. Lt. Murphy’s family traveled to Kinsale, their ancestral homeland, for the ceremony.
“We look on it as celebrating Michael’s life of service rather than dwelling on the tragedy of his death,” Dan Murphy, his father, told the Irish Examiner. ♦