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on May 5, 2016
First of all, this book is a memorial to Lt Murphy. If you want the operational details and gripping account of the fateful Operation Red Wings, read Marcus Luttrell's book Lone Survivor. In fact, for those not familiar with the story, I'd recommend reading or watching Lone Survivor beforehand. Seal of Honor picks up where Lone Survivor leaves off, as the first 3 chapters are the gut wrenching account of the family's notification and the subsequent memorial services. Chapters 4-11 take you through Murphys life, SEAL training and pre deployment workup. The next couple chapters are about Operation Red Wings and the following rescue efforts.
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.
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.