USS Michael Murphy commissioned in honor of fallen hero
Navy SEAL's parents speak out
- Duration 7:15
- Date Oct 7, 2012
Navy SEAL's parents speak out
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USF Michael -- some New York yesterday in honor of brave navy seal -- I'll (%expletive) us.
Joining us now Michael Murphy's parents Dan and Maureen Murphy also joining us is the author of -- on -- -- -- -- -- An incredible day and yesterday you send as a recipient posthumously of -- the medal of honor.
And now we have a destroyer.
Named after him at pier 88 in the Hudson River yesterday.
Tell us about the feelings that you have in the -- you mr.
Murphy the overwhelming pride but also the overwhelming sadness that you must -- experiences at this time.
I'm proud -- -- responded to being done sponsor of the ship and down.
It's very personal to see his son's name up on the -- -- Michael is very humble man.
But I think that.
He would be very happy -- -- the crew.
And the captain of that -- they're wonderful they really are a great crew and the captain is sound.
Now he's he is a very nice man and his good communicators.
And -- I think Michael would be proud to.
Is there to witness this -- he was here.
-- -- -- we know you're losing your voice yesterday it was probably a lot of talking it for you.
It must've been overwhelming on some level all of that.
Yes the and actually yesterday tell us your thoughts -- is a wonderful tribute to us and when -- -- these critics analysts.
And -- kind of like to think that Michael.
Hello be proud but that -- ship and might bear his name.
Contains the spirit of nineteen very special and brave American heroes.
And this ship made sure that.
It wasn't just about Michael was that his team incident within the ship itself -- displays to each of the.
Eighteen lost their life and of course the won't -- -- Marcus -- trail.
Gary Williams in your book seal of.
Honor you've chronicled.
That event and the spirit of these brave Americans including.
Medal of honor recipient Michael Murphy.
Just tell us a little bit about.
-- -- Continued to return fire even after he was wounded continued to radio for help.
And and prove to be the best for the very best I think that all came from his leadership ability he was the leader of the team.
All of the members of the team looked to him for leadership.
And I think he just took it upon himself -- that if something was going to be done he was gonna have to do it and he stepped up and get it.
And it was important to him -- To be in the symbols of of 9/11 and an of the tragedy in in New York understood that -- these uniformly -- the patch of of of the fire company.
In in Manhattan.
-- it is engine company 53 ladder company 43.
And in fact when they recovered Michael they cut that patch -- his uniform.
Cleaned it and presented it to the -- and it now.
Sits on their wall it's.
Under in second street and third avenue so it's a true wanna.
I think there's a very close connection between the steel community.
And the SDN line.
And -- we've heard so much about Michael's bravery and what he did that -- tell us about your son.
This great -- This kind.
His have really good friend to people.
If he was different he was different -- -- no matter what kind of -- needed him he'd be there.
If -- if you go broke down states away he'd be in the car helping him that's just what kind of appointments.
And as candy was kind of for the underdog mr.
Murphy they've -- -- -- someone who was getting picked on or someone that needed it.
Help even as a little boy.
That he would intervene he was kind of courageous in that way.
-- -- really known -- mark the protective.
Because all his life he always stood up.
If he's orange justice I don't know why but it was like if someone was being picked up.
There was something wrong he'd be the first to be -- -- this isn't the way it should be done.
I kind of some Michael by saying you always seem to do.
The right thing at the right time for the right reasons.
And that was reflected in his whole life so that people who surrounded him.
Knew that -- they knew they could always rely on Michael to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons.
-- you guys -- must've done something right you know I have a young son.
And I hear stories of your son and I and I just wonder what you guys did from the time that he was a little guy -- to create that.
Him you know.
I was taught them and we always taught him that.
Nobody's better than you but nobody is beneath him to people the way you want to be treated.
And you have to love kids -- -- the same now sees you just say yes but.
It did to -- something you know then then that's substantive nip in the -- and to sing now and that's.
He really was very easy to raise -- such a good -- -- really running miles so broadly.
-- in talking about him when his name is mentioned.
It's it's it's it's it's it's wonderful he's my -- and they'll always be -- -- react hiss at an ally he -- up to be a very fine man.
He really -- and and it's an understatement to say most respectfully.
And I have to say when what he did that day to save the southern men.
That didn't surprise me at all because he was like that.
Since it was like that big.
Gary mentioned you were part of a documentary that was screened last night to bounce -- about the story tells more.
-- -- C will honor we kind of documented and it's well documented.
In the media about what Michael did on the last few days of his life but we tried to do in -- the protector.
Define you give people a real understanding of who was as a little boy growing up and -- -- during his college years at Penn State.
And everything was just kind in a bit of an evolution and I think that the the -- auditorium that we had last night got a good.
Of everybody -- sentences geez I wonder if I could do something like dad you know -- push come to shove could I really do that.
I think what -- the protector did last night was just added that natural evolution that when they got done watching that.
That they say yes -- now we understand why did -- it.
Well on this Sunday mr.
Murphy you give us -- and you give his -- you give his faith in the great American spirit and we can't thank you enough.
You had your boy in that we're sorry that he lost his life but we.
Think -- insurance through this today on Iraq next here coming next my Cheryl and author of steel on and we appreciate how can.