“Lone Survivor”
Navy SEAL Honored

KINSALE, Ireland (April 18, 2015) Capt. Duncan Smith, director of SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman scout team for Naval Special Warfare Command, and James Sikora, executive director of the Irish Veterans Post 001, attach a plaque dedicated in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy to the outside wall of the White House Hotel in Kinsale, Ireland. The Irish Veterans Association dedicated a plaque to honor the memory of Murphy, a Navy SEAL, for his heroic action in Afghanistan in June 2005 for which he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in October 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Spratt/Released)

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. ♦

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