Memorial to Medal of Honor Recipient Smashed in New York

Navy SEAL Lt Michael Murphy was a Medal of Honor recipient. A memorial plaque was dedicated in his honor at Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York in 2007. The plaque in Serenity Plaza within the park was smashed to pieces this week. A police report was filed on Thursday. A 14 year old teen was arrested on Friday.

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LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY (May 7, 2007) Maureen Murphy, the mother of Navy (SEAL) Lt. Michael Murphy, cuts the ribbon during a dedication ceremony for her son. Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter, announced the name of the next guided-missile destroyer as USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) during the ceremony. Maureen Murphy will be the ship’s sponsor. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O’Brien (Released)

Update according to Newsday,

“Fourth Squad detectives arrested the teen at 3 a.m. at his Ronkonkoma home after an investigation, Suffolk County police said in a news release. The boy will be arraigned in family court on a charge of second-degree criminal mischief at a later date, police said. Police did not provide further details about the arrest.”

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Operation Red Wings

Lt Michael P. Murphy was a Navy SEAL from Patchogue, New York. He was one of the brave men who valiantly tried to save each other during the ill-fated Operation Red Wings on June 28, 2005. They were surrounded by Taliban fighters and needed extraction. All but one were wounded. Lt Murphy chose to attempt to make contact for help. He knew it would be his last act, but he had to try.

We previously reported,

Michael Murphy was wounded early in the firefight. The only hope for help was the SAT phone, but to use it from their position, it would require going out into the open and a sure death. As blood poured from his stomach, Murphy went out into the open and up onto the rise to place the call. It went through, but he took a fatal bullet to the back.

Lt Michael P. Murphy Park, Lake Ronkonkoma

The Memorial park was completed in 2007.

The Murphy family released this statement:

“The family is heartbroken by the damage to this beautiful monument to our son and the men of Operation Redwings. There were so many from the community who volunteered their labor, time and money to build Serenity Plaza. It’s unfortunate that some devalue the service and sacrifice of our veterans and fallen heroes by expressing their outrage or drunken fun through damage to a monument which honors us all as Americans through our fallen servicemen and women.”

The Suffolk County Police Department posted this:

“I am at a loss for words right now. The fact that LT Michael P. Murphy’s Memorial was vandalized is reprehensible.”  Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay III

Governor Cuomo has stated that New York state will pay to have the memorial restored, according to Newsday. If you wish to make a donation towards educational scholarships, you may do so at the MurphFoundation website.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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