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Navy Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy

Died June 28, 2005 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

29, of Patchogue, N.Y.; assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; killed June 28 while conducting counter-terrorism operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Coalition forces located his remains while conducting a combat search-and-rescue operation July 4 in Kunar province.

New York town honors SEAL killed in Afghanistan with leadership award

The Associated Press

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — A Long Island town is presenting its Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award posthumously to a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan.

The father of Lt. Michael P. Murphy is expected to accept the award on behalf of his son.

The 29-year-old Murphy, who grew up in Patchogue, was killed in a June 2005 firefight. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the battle. Last year, the Navy christened a warship named in his honor.

The town of Islip for several years has honored the World War II general on his birthday by giving an award in his name.

Town dignitaries, as well as Congressmen Peter King and Timothy Bishop, are expected to attend the ceremony at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma on Thursday.

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