SEAL of Honor

Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN
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Published:April 5, 2011
By Gary Williams (Author)

Bravo Zulu! The Ensign James F. Burke, Jr. Chapter of the Association of the United States Navy presented their

"Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Book Award" to Gary Williams, author of Seal of Honor, on 27 January 2017.

2011 RADM Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature (Finalist)

Lt.Michael Patrick Murphy, a Navy SEAL, earned the Medal of Honor on 28 June 2005 for his bravery during a fierce fight with the Taliban in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan. The first to receive the nation's highest military honor for service in Afghanistan, Lt. Murphy was also the first naval officer to earn the medal since the Vietnam War, and the first SEAL to be honored posthumously. A young man of great character, he is the subject of Naval Special Warfare courses on character and leadership, and an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, naval base, school, post office, ball park, and hospital emergency room have been named in his honor.

A bestselling book by the sole survivor of Operation Red Wings, Marcus Luttrell, has helped make Lt. Murphy's SEAL team's fateful encounter with the Taliban one of the Afghan war's best known engagements. Published on the 5th anniversary of the engagement, SEAL of Honor also tells the story of that fateful battle, but it does so from a very different perspective being focused on the life of Lt. Murphy. This biography uses his heroic action during this deadly firefight in Afghanistan, as a window on his character and attempts to answer why Lt. Murphy readily sacrificed his life for his comrades. SEAL of Honor is the story of a young man, who was noted by his peers for his compassion and for his leadership being guided by an extraordinary sense of duty, responsibility, and moral clarity.

In tracing Lt. Murphy's journey from a seemingly ordinary life on New York's Long Island, to that remote mountainside a half a world away, SEAL of Honor will help readers understand how he came to demonstrate the extraordinary heroism and selfless leadership that earned him the nation's highest military honor. Moreover, the book brings the Afghan war back to the home front, focusing on Lt. Murphy's tight knit family and the devastating effect of his death upon them as they watched the story of Operation Red Wings unfold in the news. The book attempts to answer why Lt. Murphy's service to his country and his comrades was a calling faithfully answered, a duty justly upheld, and a life, while all too short, well lived.


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Product Details
  • Subject: War in Afghanistan
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 50 b/w photos
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (April 5, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1591149657
  • ISBN-13: 9781591149651
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 12.32 oz
  • "Those who have had the privilege of working with the Navy SEALs invariably ask the question, 'where do we get such incredible Americans?' SEAL of Honor helps to answer that question in a most poignant way by focusing on Lt. Michael Murphy, his family on Long Island, NY, and the Navy SEALs; documenting the way each impacted the others. From this, we get insight not only into how Michael developed his strong sense of moral clarity, duty and honor, but also into the legacy he, his teammates and the entire Special Operations community left for our Nation." — Donald C. Winter, 74th United States Secretary of the Navy
  • "The life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy is a true testament to the value of hard work and patriotism. In SEAL of Honor, Gary Williams highlights the unfortunately brief, but purpose-driven life of this extraordinary young man and his remarkable display of selflessness and courage. The United States suffered a terrible loss with the passing of Lt. Murphy but he left behind a legacy that all Americans can be proud of and aspire to." —Bob Kerrey, President, The New School, former Navy SEAL, 1966-1969, and former United States Senator of Nebraska, 1989-2001
  • "A great deal has been written about Operation Red Wings, and exactly what took place in those mountains on that fateful day we may never know. But, we do know this. Mike Murphy did all in his power to accomplish his mission. When that became impossible, he did all in his power to take care of his men. In the face of impossible odds and mortally wounded, he fought and led until the moment he was killed. For those of us who have since learned of Michael Murphy's courage in those last terrible hours, we marvel at such gallantry" —Dick Couch, author of The Sheriff of Ramadi and A Tactical Ethic

Gary Williams is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a master's degree in public administration. Married with six children, he is a career 30-year employee with the state of Ohio. He is the author of the Siege in Lucasville.

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