Jun 28

Remembering Operation Red Wings

Monday, June 28, 2010 12:35 PM


From Seal of Honor:

“On 28 June 2005, Navy Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy led a four man special reconnaissance SEAL team consisting of Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class Matthew Axelson and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell to locate Ahmad Shah, a notorious Taliban leader in the remote Hindu Kush Mountains of eastern Afghanistan.

After an initial infiltration to begin Operation Red Wings, local goat herders stumbled upon the team’s hiding place. Unable to verify any hostile intent from the herders, Murphy ordered them released. Shortly after the herders left, the team was surrounded by a large force of Taliban fighters.

After about an hour and engaged in the most fierce fire fight since World War II and the most fierce in SEAL team history, LT Michael Patrick Murphy, in a last ditch effort to save his men knowingly stepped into the line of fire to obtain reception for his cell phone in order to call for reinforcements. One of the two rescue helicopters sent in response to Murphy’s call was shot down killing 8 navy SEALS and 8 Army “Night Stalkers”.

Marcus Luttrell was the lone survivor and gave a detailed briefing to military leaders that resulted in LT Michael Patrick Murphy being awarded this nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.”

On 24 June 2010, Lt. Michael Murphy’s father, Dan Murphy, appearedĀ at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, DC with SEAL of Honor author, Gary Williams. Here’s an excerpt of Dan Murphy’s talk from our YouTube channel:

  • I just read this book and it is truly awesome and a testament to the brave warriors who give up so much! It was hard to put down and really made you almost understand what these guys must have been going through.

  • Anders

    what is there a book???

  • The University of Florida Naval Special Warfare Club is dedicating a memorial for James Erik Suh, June 28, 2011 at 10 AM, on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, FL. Petty Officer 2 Suh was a 1999 UF graduate who gave his life attempting to save his fellow SEALs during combat operations on June 28, 2005. Details of the memorial can be found at the University of Florida Navy ROTC site ( http://nrotc.ufl.edu/JamesSuhMemorial).