Michael P. Murphy graduated from Penn State University in 2000 with dual majors in Political Science and Psychology.
The 24-year-old Long Island native spoke of going to law school next.
Instead, Murphy surprised his family and girlfriend by following his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL.
But then Murphy’s military career took a turn when America was attacked on September 11, 2001.
Four years later, Murphy completed his fourth stint and was preparing to marry his girlfriend, Heather, of five, in November.
But that changed on June 28, 2005.
Murphy and three of his teammates, Matthew G. Axelson, Danny Dietz and Marcus Luttrell, had their position in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan compromised.
A fight ensued.
The SEAL team was pinned down by heavy enemy fire.
In a brave and selfless act of heroism, Murphy broke cover to establish radio contact with the team’s rapid reaction force.
The message was sent.
Murphy was killed at the age of 29 along with 18 other soldiers during the tragic events of Operation Red Wing.
But his story might never have been properly told were it not for the will of one man to survive against all odds, Marcus Luttrell.
Written by Luttrell in 2007 and adapted for the film in 2013, Lone Survivor chronicles Murphy’s heroic final attempt to save his team.
Now, nearly 10 miles from Murphy’s hometown of Patchogue, Long Island, on June 28, the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum in Sayville opened after five years of construction and 17 years to the day of Operation Red Wing.
As the second Navy SEAL museum in the country, the museum honors SEALs who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
“It was never about Michael. As a family unit, it was a conscious decision not to do this because of Michael,” his father, Daniel Murphy, told the Post. “It’s about the Navy Seals, the Navy Seal experience and the history of Naval Special Warfare from the UDTs to the present day.”
The Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest award posthumously awarded to Murphy’s parents, is on display upon entry. Above is a portrait of Murphy with a quote his parents said he lived: “Education will set you free.”
A tribute to the many organizations that have contributed to the creation of the museum is the “Heart of the Museum” wall.
Thanks to generous donations of time, labor and materials, the museum, which should have cost $5 million to build, has been reduced to $2 million, Daniel Murphy said.
Exhibits range from the SEALs’ early roots in World War II, to the underwater demolition teams during the Korean War, to their official formation during the Vietnam War and the assassination of Osama Bin Laden by SEAL Team Six.
That Museum has a large display of weapons and equipment used by the teams, interactive exhibits and even SEAL Adventure Ride.
“It’s amazing to speak to the youth of today, where they are showing excitement and interest in history, the military and life as a SEAL,” said Chris Willey, the museum’s director and a retired Navy SEAL.
Operation Redwing has its own section in the museum. In the center of the room is a terrain model that details the course of that tragic day. To the side, on a small screen, is the documentary “Murphy the Protector”.
“These are stories about Mike personally, and they want to know more about him,” said his mother Maureen Murphy. “That’s the effect he had. They felt like Mike was their son. Your Long Island son.”
Murphy’s picture and 314 other Navy SEALs killed in action or in training hang on the Cost of Freedom wall.
The facility also acts as a Lt. Michael Murphy Division of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. An organization for youth ages 11-17 to learn leadership values and give back to the community through volunteering.
“I hope guests take away from this, ‘I’m part of a community of Americans who appreciate and value freedom,'” said Daniel Murphy. “And ‘I got this because of the people who are portrayed on these walls.'”
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