Local Hero, Michael Murphy, was born and raised on Long Island where he served as a Town of Brookhaven lifeguard at Lake Ronkonkokma. Michael graduated from Penn State University with Honors, and instead of attending Law School, joined the Navy SEALs. He was 29 in June 2005, when he perished in a fierce firefight in mountainous terrain along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Operation Red Wings.
During the mission, Michael led a four-man special reconnaissance unit that was in pursuit of a high-ranking terrorist leader when they were ambushed and overrun by scores of insurgent fighters. A troop transport helicopter carrying eight Navy SEALs and eight Army Commandos was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. All aboard were killed. A single member of Murphy’s team managed to elude capture, and eventually was reunited with U.S. forces.
The Lone Survivor said that Murphy was already wounded when he climbed to higher ground and into the open to send an electronic call for help. While vulnerable, he was shot again and again, Murphy completed the call and continued to fight. It was this action that is believed to be at the heart of his being awarded the Medal of Honor.
Matthew G. Axelson
Danny P. Dietz
Jacques J. Fontan
Shamus O. Goare
Corey J. Goodnature
Michael M. McGreevy Jr.
Marcus V. Muralles
Michael P. Murphy
Eric S. Patton
James W. Ponder III
Daniel R. Healy
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Erik S. Kristensen
Jeffery A. Lucas
Stephen C. Reich
Michael L. Russell
Chris J. Scherkenbach
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In 2016, 18 scholarships were awarded to deserving students.
The LT Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Foundation is a 501c(3) Charity and there are no administrative costs and all Board Members are volunteers so all funds are used for scholarships only.
The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.
The Lone Survivor Foundation is a Federal 501(c)3 Non-Profit Founded in 2010 by Navy SEAL (Ret.) Marcus Luttrell.
The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families.
Charity Navigator 4-star charity since 2011. Top 0.7% of all charities in the U.S. Combined Federal Campaign #11454 Tax I.D. Number 31-1728910
The Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, national non profit charitable foundation.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school; and offers family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel.
"I donate to the Navy Seal LT Michael P. Murphy run around the lake because it’s the least I can do to show some respect for this hero that gave his life for his fellow soldiers and his country, so we can live free. It’s an honor to have my bakery in his town all these years. I wish I could do more. God Bless Him and his Family, and THANK YOU!!"
Glenn Alessi from Glenn Wayne Bakery
"Thank you for your commitment to the men, women and families of our Naval Special Warfare through the Navy SEAL Foundation. We are honored that you have placed your trust in us and made us your partner in the incredibly important work of providing real and meaningful support to Navy SEALs and their families."
Meaghan Martinak Navy SEAL Foundation
"Thank you to the Ronkonkoma Rotary Club and all who helped make this tribute possible. Laura and I offer our deepest gratitude..."
President George W. Bush