October 12, 2007
Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy has been awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor, for his magnificent conduct as a Navy SEAL team leader in Afghanistan.
He has been on my mind all day long since I got the news. A couple of months ago I read Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell. It is the most amazing story of courage and honor I have ever read. In my opinion all four members of that team deserve the MOH. But Marcus Luttrell might beg to differ. In that undefinable military humility he might say that his three buddies deserve the MOH ,but he is not worthy.
Mikey would beg to differ.
These men are nothing short of fucking amazing. They are giants. They are Leonidas reincarnated. They are Chesty Puller reborn. Becoming a Navy SEAL is an achievement unlike any other.
My baby brother, a young man I admire more than any other man I know, knew his limitations, knew that being a SEAL was not for him. He's a combat tested paratrooper from the fucking 82nd Airborne Division, the pinnacle of the US Army, outside the Special Forces. But he knew he might not want to be a SEAL. That is profound. It wasn't the BUDs training itself that made him hesitate, but the 24-7 devotion to duty, the kind of devotion that made a home life extremely problematic. Navy SEALs and Delta Force are the cream of the cream of the crop.
My brother chose an "easier" route, and is joining the Navy to be first a rescue swimmer, then an aviator.
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