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Seal of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN Paperback – April 5, 2011
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This book is in some sense the sequel to 'Lone Survivor' with very little overlap between them. It is in many ways a memorial in that so much time/space is spent on the memorial service/funeral of Mike Murphy at the beginning and again at the end, including details on each person lost, his brief history, his awards and decorations, and his final resting place.
Actually only 25 pages of 216, (from pgs 128-150) actually talk about Murphy's time in Afghanistan. So if you are looking for a page-turner to take on the plane or beach, this is NOT it.
The book rather spends it's time talking about Murphy's family and fiancee and how they heard the news of his death, his memorial and funeral arrangements and procession, then goes on for quite some time about SEAL training and structure,...after the 25 pages about the battle, the next 20 pages cover the other soldiers and SpecOps forces that were lost one-by-one, then we travel back to Mike's family as they visit other memorials up to accepting the Medal of Honor from the President and setting up a series of memorial funds that benefit other families and aspiring SEALS.
The book has a hushed tone and indeed I felt that way myself reading through it. However, it feels 'long' as memorial services and funerals usually do. No disrespect is meant here, but not knowing any of the families personally, one feels as if you were in the back row trying to grasp/understand while feeling badly for the families up front.
Recommended for those who love the SEALS and want to honor a great soldier by feeling as if they too are there, honoring a brave and loved son and SEAL and friend.
Ingrained into every SEAL, is the ethos that the team is more important than self. Williams appropriately begins the the book by focusing on a SEAL's first team - his family. Reconstructing the events as told through personal interviews with the family, Williams exposes the reader to the uncertainty, the shock, and the disbelief experienced by LT Murphy's parents, siblings, and fiancee as they relive the casualty notification process - the process by which they learned their beloved Michael was at first missing and then recovered from the unforgiving mountains of the Hindu Kush. The reader also experiences the incredibly emotionally moving tribute given to LT Murphy by fellow warriors as his remains are transported from Afghanistan back to the United States. The reader then follows the solemn procession as Michael is transported to his final duty station at Calverton National Cemetery. As the reader is awed by the massive outpouring of community support, you begin to wonder how such a young man made such a huge impact on the community.Read more ›
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Very well written book! I had already read Lone Survivor and knew the background of how Lt. Michael Murphy was killed, but this book went into detail about what made him the hero... Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. Maluchnik
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This is an amazing story of the life of Lt. Michael Murphy, USN, who was a member of Seal Team10 .The author is a scholar. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathryn Maxwell
"Here lies a brave a gallant soul" - a book that pays homage to the life of Mike Murphy in astonishing detail and tribute.Published 1 month ago by Eben M. Macneille
Great read for any past, present, or future sailors. It's also on the Navy Reading List.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer