Fallen Navy SEAL Honored At White House

Monday, October 22nd 2007, 9:05 pm
By: News On 6

WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- The father of a fallen Navy SEAL from Long Island says his son "knew what he was fighting for."

Dan Murphy says he was going after "the men who planned, plotted against and attacked not only the United States, but the city he loved, New York."

President Bush posthumously awarded the nation's highest military honor for valor to Lieutenant Michael Murphy of Patchogue, New York on Monday. It's the first Medal of Honor given for combat in Afghanistan. Before the emotional White House ceremony, Murphy's parents met with Bush and gave him a gold dog tag in tribute to their son which the president wore against his chest during the Medal of Honor presentation.

Michael Murphy, who died before his 30th birthday, exposed himself to deadly enemy fire in order to make a desperate call for help for his SEAL team.