Daniel Murphy, the father of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, notes some of the tributes left at the gravesite of his son at Calverton National Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Murphy spoke at a memorial service attended by crew members of the USS Michael Murphy, a Navy destroyer named for the Medal of Honor winner that will be formally commissioned in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 6. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)
CALVERTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is set to commission its newest destroyer with the name of a lieutenant from New York who became the first American awarded the Medal of Honor in Afghanistan.
A ceremony is scheduled for Saturday in New York City to commission the USS Michael Murphy.
The 29-year-old Long Island native was killed in 2005 along with two fellow SEALs during an ambush. Murphy is credited with exposing himself to enemy fire to call in a request for assistance.
Sixteen of his rescuers also died when their helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade. The only SEAL to survive has since written a book about the battle.
A movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch is being made about the firefight.