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Lt. Michael P. Murphy (May 7, 1976 June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War. His other posthumous awards include the Silver Star Medal (which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor) and the Purple Heart. Michael Murphy was born and raised in Suffolk County, New York. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with honors and dual degrees in political science and psychology. After college he accepted a commission in the United States Navy and became a United States Navy SEAL in July 2002. After participating in several War on Terrorism missions, he was killed on June 28, 2005, after his team was compromised and surrounded by Taliban forces near Asadabad, Afghanistan. A United States Navy destroyer and several civilian and military buildings have been named in his honor.

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A patient's relative cries near the biggest military hospital after clashes between insurgent fighters and security forces ended, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says an attack on a military hospital in the capital has killed more than 30 people. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

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An injured man in Wednesday's attack on a military hospital is moved at a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Gunmen wearing white lab coats stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing dozens of people and wounding dozens in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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An Injured man receives treatment at a hospital after the Wednesday's attack at a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Gunmen wearing white lab coats stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing dozens of people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Security forces inspect the site of attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says an attack on a military hospital in the capital has killed more than 30 people. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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A wounded person is assisted in an ambulance after an attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Afghan Soldiers inspect the site of attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Security forces inspect the site of attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Security forces inspect the site of attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Security forces inspect the site of attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Security forces inspect the site of attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Security forces inspect the site of attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Afghans cry after an attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Afghans cry after an attack on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, Jan 6. The visit consisted of a tour of a provincial prison, the Iran/Afghanistan border crossing and an airfield assessment.

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International Committee of the Red Cross spokesperson Thomas Glass speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Gunmen killed six employees of the ICRC in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the aid group said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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A Shaolin Wushu martial arts student practices on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017, preparing for the day that Afghanistan can send its women’s team to the Shaolin world championship in China.(AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

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Shaolin martial arts students and their trainer have a snowball fight after their training session in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017. The ten ethnic Hazara women and girls practice the martial arts of Shaolin on a hilltop in the west of Kabul. They are preparing for the day that Afghanistan can send its women’s team to the Shaolin world championship in China. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

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Shaolin martial arts students follow their trainer, Sima Azimi, 20, in black, during a training session on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Sima Azimi, 20, who is originally from Jaghuri in central Afghanistan, trains nine students in the martial arts to prepare for Olympic competitions, but also to protect themselves on the streets of Kabul, where women are routinely harassed. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

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A Shaolin martial arts student practices the splits on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017. In religiously conservative Afghanistan, girls are often discouraged from aggressive sports. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)