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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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About the Author
Gary Williams is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a master's degree in public administration. Married with six children, he is a career 30-year employee with the state of Ohio. He is the author of the Siege in Lucasville.
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If I had one gripe, it would be that the heroic actions resulting in Murphy being the most celebrated Medal of Honor recipient since World War 2 is covered in a single page. A note at the bottom of the page reads " Lutrell, the only remaining eyewitness, describes the epic battle in graphic detail as only a battle-tested eyewitness can in his best-selling book Lone Survivor."
If the goal of the author was to paint "Murph" as a selfless, elite professional, skilled in his craft and well deserving of his nickname "the protector" (which I believe it was),then he did a masterful job.
Over all this was the most heart breaking book I believe I've ever read. One commenter equated reading it to being at a funeral, feeling horrible for the family but not knowing what to do or what to say to them.
I highly recommend this book for what it is, again, not the gripping account of the fire fight, but an in depth look at the life and legacy of an American hero- LT Michael P Murphy.
Thank you Gary Williams for telling the tale that needs to be told in a way that leaves no ambiguity about service and devotion.
The book does however cover the events of Michael Murphy's early life, training as a SEAL, and his service up to the battle. The book also covers the impact of the loss of their son on the Murphy family, the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Michael Murphy, and the other honors that he received after his death, including the naming of a missle destroyer after him.
Michael Murphy was a real American hero. If you want to learn about how he developed into this, read this book. Also, if you want to learn the positive way that this country does and should treat our American heros, read this book. It made me proud of our Americans who are serving this country today and of America.
For this reason, I highly recommend this book to all Americans.
Thank you and bless you and stay safe.