Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy Honored at Lake Ronkonkoma
On Wednesday afternoon, May 7th, on the shore of Lake Ronkonkoma, U.S. Navy Secretary Dr. Donald C. Winter, Brookhaven Supervisor Brian X. Foley, 5th District Councilman Timothy P. Mazzei, and 1st Congressional District Representative Tim Bishop today joined the Murphy family to honor Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy of Patchogue. Lt. Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan June 28, 2005, received the nation’s highest military medal, The Congressional Medal of Honor, for his courage, sacrifice, and heroic efforts to save the Navy SEALs under his command.
The Secretary of the Navy announced a new ship, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 112, was being named in Lt. Murphy’s honor. Mr. Foley and Mr. Mazzei announced the dedication of Serenity Plaza, a new brick and black granite memorial at the Town’s Lake Ronkonkoma “Navy (SEAL) Lt. Michael Murphy Memorial Park” dedicated to Lt. Murphy and the men of 28 June 2005 Operation RedWing.
In making the announcement about a ship being named in Lt. Murphy’s memory, Secretary Winter explained the new guided-missile destroyer will be one of the Navy’s most advanced, state-of-the art warships in the fleet. With only 62 ships in the Burke class, Lt. Murphy joins a small group of honorees who have had ships in this class named after them, including: John Paul Jones, Winston Churchill, Admiral Admiral David Farragut, and Franklin Roosevelt.
Lake Ronkonkoma's “Navy (SEAL) Lt. Michael Murphy Memorial Park” is now the proud home of both Lt. Murphy's Purple Heart monument and Serenity Plaza.
Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, from Patchogue, was killed by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission, Operation Redwing, on June 28, 2005. Lt. Murphy lead a four-man team tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in the mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan, when they came under fire from a much larger enemy force. Lt. Murphy knowingly left his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters. While being shot at repeatedly, Lt. Murphy calmly provided his unit’s location and requested immediate support. He returned to his cover position to continue the fight until finally succumbing to his wounds.
(L to R) Lt. Murphy's parents, Daniel and Maureen, Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald C. Winter, 5th District Councilman Timothy P. Mazzei, and Brookhaven Supervisor Brian X. Foley cut the ribbon for the new Serenity Plaza.
The new Serenity Plaza, dedicated to Lt. Murphy and the men of Operation RedWing.
The centerpiece of Serenity Plaza.
Next to Serenity Plaza is Lt. Murphy's Purple Heart monument, which was unveiled in May of 2006.
The Navy SEAL flag flies over Lake Ronkonkoma.