As a tribute to the service of Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Michael Murphy, the Sportsman Channel will be airing the network cable premier of the highly acclaimed documentary MURPH: The Protector on Thursday and Friday, September 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. ET.
Murphy was raised in Patchogue, New York, attended Penn State University and joined the U.S. Navy to serve as a SEAL. In 2005, Lt. Murphy was killed in action while participating in a mission to find a key anti-coalition militia commander in Afghanistan. The mission was later the subject of the 2013 Universal Pictures film “Lone Survivor” starring Mark Wahlberg. Taylor Kitsch portrayed Lt. Murphy in the hit film.
Lt. Murphy was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2007, America’s highest military honor. His Medal of Honor citation reads:
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan … In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, courageous actions, and extraordinary devotion to duty, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
“He was always very protective of people,” reflected Lt. Murphy’s mother, Maureen Murphy.
“A lot of people say things about people that passed away and they might be rightfully glorified. Anything that has been said about Mike is spot-on true … he really was a protector,” reminisced childhood friend James Emmerich.
Please take this opportunity to honor Lt. Murphy and support our Armed Forces. Check out this preview of the documentary and additional information below.
“MURPH: The Protector is an emotional rollercoaster that documents the life of a true American hero, and Sportsman Channel is proud to have the opportunity to televise the cable network premiere of his story,” said Graig Hale, vice president of business development for Sportsman Channel. “Lt. Murphy’s story of selfless acts of heroism and sacrifice, in and out of active duty, reflect Sportsman Channel’s Salute to Service initiative that recognizes and honors all who serve and put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms we enjoy in America.”
The documentary is part of Sportsman Channel’s Salute to Service initiative, an ongoing multimedia effort to celebrate American servicemen and women, as well as first responders, and raise awareness of issues and opportunities facing all the men and women who serve this great country. Murphy’s story exemplifies the heroism, sacrifice and courage that all men and women serving the United States of America exemplify around the world.