• When: 2018-06-28
  • QIC: Escobar
  • The PAX: Recall, Flipper, Drysdale, Abner, Dominion, Zaccheous, Big Al, Butt Dial, Net Zero, Up Charge, Wee Wee, Escobar

Early July 4th Hero WOD MURPH at Surge

YHC had been looking for a date to Q again at Surge and when YHC noticed that this date – 06.28.18 – was available I knew what was going to happen.  Today we honor the men who died on this date in 2005 and those others that serve, have served, and have died serving our Country.

Today we did a modified MURPH with a partner which went something like this…

Partner up and mosey to the brick pile and grab a log, yes a log…YHC informed each pair that they would complete the following exercises while not allowing the log to touch the ground.

  • Run around the school both PAX carrying log (approx. 0.5 mile)
  • 100 pull ups (each)
  • 200 log presses (each)
  • 300 squats (pair)
  • Run around the school both PAX carrying log (approx. 0.5 mile)

YHC decided to modify this MURPH to emphasize the teamwork and dedication to each other that is needed in order to accomplish a goal.  F3 has a mission to invigorate male leadership in our community, we have a mission at home, work and wherever we are planted.  For these 45 minutes, we remembered the mission of those that died for our freedom while also thinking of our mission where we are planted.

Below is a description of the sacrifice made that day by LT. Michael P. Murphy.

LT. Michael P. Murphy
United States Navy (SEAL)
May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005

LT. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL) was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wings, tasked with finding a key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, LT. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

LT. Murphy fought on, allowing one member of his team (Marcus Luttrell) to escape, before he was killed. For his selfless actions, LT. Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on October 27, 2007. We honor his sacrifice and memory through The Murph.