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Murphy was born on May 7, 1976 in Smithtown, New York to Irish American parents Maureen and Daniel Murphy, a former assistant Suffolk County district attorney and Vietnam veteran. He was raised in Patchogue. He attended Saxton Middle School, where he played youth soccer and pee-wee football, with his father as coach. In high school, he continued playing sports, and took a summer job as a lifeguard at the Brookhaven town beach in Lake Ronkonkoma. He returned to the job every summer throughout his college years.

Murphy was known to his friends as “Murph”, and he was known as “The Protector” in his high school years. In 8th grade, he protected a child with special needs who was being shoved into a locker by a group of boys, this was the only time the principal of the school had called his parents, they couldn’t have been prouder. He also protected a man who was homeless, who was being attacked while collecting cans. He chased away the attackers and helped the man pick up his cans.

In 1994, Murphy graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School and left home to attend The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). He graduated from Penn State in 1998, with a double major degree in political science and psychology. Murphy was engaged to be married with the ceremony scheduled for November 2005.

After graduating from Penn State, Murphy was accepted to several law schools, but decided to attend SEAL mentoring sessions at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. In September 2000, he accepted an appointment to the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. On December 13 of that year, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy and began Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, California in January 2001, eventually graduating with Class 236.

Upon graduation from BUD/S, he attended the United States Army Airborne School, SEAL Qualification Training and SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) school. Murphy earned his SEAL Trident and checked on board SDV Team ONE (SDVT-1) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in July 2002. In October 2002, he deployed with Foxtrot Platoon to Jordan as the liaison officer for Exercise Early Victor. Following his tour with SDVT-1, Murphy was assigned to Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in Florida and deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Qatar, he was deployed to Djibouti to assist in the operational planning of future SDV missions.

(From online sources)

The Battle:

On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire.  This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy.  While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in.  Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

As a result of Murphy’s call, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent in as part of the QRF to extract the four embattled SEALs. As the Chinook drew nearer to the fight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter, causing it to crash and killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, continued to fight.  By the end of a two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson had fallen. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead.  The fourth SEAL, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket-propelled grenade and knocked unconscious. Though severely wounded, the fourth SEAL and sole survivor, Luttrell, was able to evade the enemy for nearly a day; after which local nationals came to his aide, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three more days. Luttrell was rescued by U.S. Forces on July 2, 2005.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

—Murph Foundation “Biography”

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A late-in-the-game re-route of the course did not take away from an amazing group of all abilities from across the country coming together to make another memorable year for our Got the Nerve? Triathlon.  The Tri supports the mission of The IM ABLE Foundation and is one of IM ABLE’s largest fundraisers to keep everyone, especially those affected by disabilities, up and moving!

Thank you to all of our volunteers, emergency personnel, the town of Mt. Gretna, PA, and our sponsors for making our 14th annual race one for the memory books!!

Congratulations to Bob Feryo as this year’s recipient of the Tom Kaag Memorial Volunteer Award!  Bob’s hard work as a volunteer and coordinator over the years has been unparalleled, and we appreciate his dedication to IM ABLE year after year!

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Race photos are available at Hugg Media’s website!

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Tom Bell and Chris presenting the Tom Bell swim award!

 

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IM ABLE Grant Recipient Receiving Her ZIPP racing chair wheels! She is headed to Nationals later this year!

 

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Swim volunteers turned grill masters!

 

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Little Kaag rallied all day, but the rolling, gentle curves of the Mt Gretna roads were too much for his sleepy eyelids… Naps were inevitable!

 

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Murph – THIS SATURDAY, 1 CLASS ONLY
This Saturday’s class will be at 9:00 AM, and we’ll be doing Murph.  If you have a free evening this week, consider checking out the movie Murph: The Protector (available to rent on Amazon prime).  Again, we are so thankful to Rob and Kim Rauenzahn for sponsoring the Murph Challenge at Corps Fitness this year!!  If you want to sign up online, please see the previous blog post for instructions.  Online registration is NOT required to participate in the workout.  Drop ins for Murph (who have signed up online) are $10.  And remember: DON’T GET RHABDO!

Corps Fitness will be selling our own Murph Challenge t-shirts, by pre-order only.  Please check out the design at the front desk!  T-shirts will be $25 and a portion of the proceeds will go towards purchasing medical supplies for Rob and Kim’s mission trip to Africa.

Free Intro
UPDATE!!  The next FREE INTRO will be Saturday June 3rd at 9:30 AM with Chris

Open Gym Times
Monday 10:30-11:45AM and 6:30-7:30PM
Tuesday 9:30-1:00PM
Wednesday 10:30-11:45AM and 6:30-7:30PM
Thursday 9:30AM-1:00PM and 6:30-7:30PM
Friday 10:30-11:45AM and 6:30-730PM
Saturday 10:30-11:30AM
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM

College Student Membership Rate
Welcome back to any college students who are home for the summer!  Be sure to take advantage of our student rate of $70 / month (unlimited membership).  Must present a valid school ID when purchasing.  Full time students only: 12+ credits / semester.

Hero Week
Save the date!  Hero Week Summer 2017 will be held June 25 – July 1!

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CFers always respond to the call.  We rise up, we dig in, and we contribute to great causes.

Later this summer, Rob and Kim Rauenzahn and their kids will be traveling to a small village near Magambua in Tanzania, Africa.  Their purpose?  Kim will be working with another local doctor on a medical mission trip for the people of this area.

CF would like to support this noble cause by taking a collection of much-needed medical supplies that Dr. Kim and Dr. Jonathan can take with them to treat their patients

What is needed:
– Extra strength Tylenol
– Children’s Tylenol
– Advil and/or Motrin for adults
– Advil and/or Motrin for children
– Antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin)
– Gauze of all types to dress wounds (many of which are caused by burns from open-fire cooking)
– Medical cling wrap (Telfa Ouches Non-Adherent Dressing)

We will being collecting donations May 22nd and finish with a special tribute workout on Saturday, June 3!

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Fight Gone Bad – Week 2 Re-test!
All those who Tested IN for our Fight Gone Bad Benchmark testing back in January: Now’s the time to re-test!  Please email Melissa with a time that you would like to re-test either immediately BEFORE or AFTER a regularly scheduled class during the weeks of 5/7 or 5/13.  AND…..if you didn’t test in back in January, and would like to test IN next week (and the remainder of testing dates throughout 2017), you still CAN!  Please email Melissa (same as above) and she will schedule with you a date and time!  We’ll perform this workout regularly throughout the year so you can track how much you’re improving over time!

NORMAL Schedule May 20th
CF will be OPEN on Saturday 5/20 – NORMAL SCHEDULE (8 AM and 9:15 AM classes).  Many may be out of town for Got the Nerve, but Emily will be holding down the fort!

Free Intro
The next FREE INTRO will be Saturday 5/27 at 9:30 AM with Chris

Murph
May 27th… Murph.  We are so thankful to Rob and Kim Rauenzahn for sponsoring the Murph Challenge at Corps Fitness again this year!!  If you want to sign up online, please see the previous blog post for instructions.  Online registration is NOT required to participate in the workout.  And again, DON’T GET RHABDO!

Open Gym Times
Monday 10:30-11:45AM and 6:30-7:30PM
Tuesday 9:30-1:00PM
Wednesday 10:30-11:45AM and 6:30-7:30PM
Thursday 9:30AM-1:00PM and 6:30-7:30PM
Friday 10:30-11:45AM and 6:30-730PM
Saturday 10:30-11:30AM
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM

College Student Membership Rate
Welcome back to any college students who are home for the summer!  Be sure to take advantage of our student rate of $70 / month (unlimited membership).  Must present a valid school ID when purchasing.  Full time students only: 12+ credits / semester.

Hero Week
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This week, we’re ramping up for Got the Nerve, which will take place on Saturday 5/20.  This is our 14th year at GTN, a fund-raising triathlon Chris started immediately after graduating from college.   Funds raised go towards awarding grants and sponsoring adaptive programming throughout the year!  Please excuse any mess or crowding of the gym space during the week, as there is a lot of prep work that goes into this awesome event!  Thank you to all who have volunteered your time, and good luck to all CFers who plan to participate!!

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