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Nearly six years ago navy lieutenant Michael Murphy made the ultimate sacrifice when he lost his life in a firefight against the Taliban.
On an Afghan mountain top.
Now in navy warship carries the heroes ceiling and his parents had the honor of christening that ship.
This past weekend his father Daniel Murphy sees this thing.
It -- striking the morning so I know that that was such an emotional time for you to be there because it was also your sons what would've been his 35 birthday.
That's correct I mean it's in the magnificent ship 9200 tons one and a half -- -- fields long.
And we have yet to meet the -- sailors assigned to the hip.
And they are fantastic young men were extremely proud of the people who will be on that ship -- of the ship itself.
You're telling me a little bit more about your son Michael before we came on the air here and and what I -- was a story about.
From a very early age you knew that he was gonna be doing what he ended up doing because he had the nickname in school the protector her -- that I've ever come about.
What happened was I guess it was have been middle school.
Children what trying to push through a stuff a special led.
The special needs child.
Into a locked car and Michael jumped in and prevented it from happening and apparently got involved -- an altercation with the kids.
He got suspended from school as they do if -- involved in altercation but the principal called us up and told us.
Don't do anything -- that he was that we're extremely proud of them you want and you basically -- then.
To protect another student and that's when the name the protective kind of stuff.
So when you saw this pattern.
Of your son developing.
You yourself served in Vietnam -- combat wounded.
He didn't necessarily want your son to join the military line no I was because.
Because and I believe it -- -- my background in my experiences.
I really didn't want to.
That type of service for my son because I understood the dangers and we had had conversations.
About the fact as a navy seal.
Small in operations behind enemy lines extremely dangerous.
But I think that would appeal to Michael I think he's going to some navy seal.
Especially in that type of business you have an immediate impact he Hulu being away was that he was going after bin Laden or his crew to prevent another 9/11.
So he was killed several years ago trying to do just that he and his team they lost eleven Navy SEALs and eight special aviation operators.
During operation red wings on June 28 2005.
And I think what kind of happy with the ship because -- of -- -- Michael's name.
If there's a spirit of nineteen special operators because warning in Iowa we have when -- up there at the ship.
Wanted to make sure that it was a remembrance for all of them and so the -- -- That's in the ship contains the initials not only Michael that the other eighteen fallen heroes.
What an honor for those people as well and I understand this is a three step process that's correct because first.
You had -- delaying of the keel that's -- you had to christening on Saturday.
And then in about a year you're gonna have the actual commission.
That's correct the commissioning will take place sometime I think.
June -- July of 2012 and that's when the ship is turned over by bath iron works to the US navy.
With pushing the navy really thought that haven't in New York City because Michaels and Neil -- together connection to the fire department of New York -- wear that patch.
In Afghanistan he and his men.
So the navy's attempting to work out the logistics so hopefully that will work your son lost his life trying to track down is sound and Lawton.
What has this past week.
Meant to you as the father who still here I have to tell you when we first heard the president make the announcement you know he -- school we said was that special operations.
Troops were involved in the killing of Osama bin Laden.
When I heard that I knew in my -- those when navy feels that went in there and they were teammates of Michael.
And I'm positive that when they were flying in -- mission was uppermost in their mind.
You'll also thinking about 43 Navy SEALs who have died in training up to missions or doing missions since I since 9/11.
And so this was payback time.
-- -- -- Well we remember your son today Michael.
As I know you do every day of your life.
And now this ship will be named after him thank you so much for your service and for hints to this country thank you so much great -- to me a question --
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