Friday, October 19, 2007

Heros The New York Times Won't Tell You About

We noted Lt. Michael Murphy here recently and also mentioned the complete disregard for a local hero by the New York Times, to their eternal disgrace.

Today, the New York Post details the harrowing account of Murphy's final battle, as told by the only surviving member of his unit, Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Luttrell.

This Monday, President Bush will present the Medal of Honor to Lt. Murphy's parent, Daniel and Maureen.

Don't expect the Times to cover the event.
"They were armed to the teeth," Marcus Luttrell said of the 100 Taliban fighters who had suddenly appeared out of nowhere. "They were looking for a fight. And they found one."

With that, Petty Officer 1st Class Luttrell and his buddy, Lt. Michael Murphy of Patchogue, L.I., began the final battle of their Navy SEAL careers in a shootout that would cost Murphy his life. It also earned him the Medal of Honor.

With rocket-propelled grenades exploding all over the grassy Afghan terrain in Asadabad, in Hindu Kush province along the Pakistani border, the four Americans - also including Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class Matthew Axelson - took on the Taliban that day and wiped out about half of them.

But the Taliban whittled down the Americans, too, and that June 28, 2005, would become a tragic day for the Navy's Special Warfare Command.
Read the whole thing.

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