Navy destroyer named after Murphy, Penn State alumnus and Navy SEAL

May 09, 2011

Penn State alumnus, Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy had a Navy destroyer named in his honor. His mother, Maureen Murphy, christened the ship in a ceremony held May 8. Murphy died a hero during a firefight with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in 2005.

More information on the naming of the ship and Murphy's heroic actions are available at online.

Recently, the Penn State Senior Class voted to honor Murphy by choosing The Lt. Michael P. Murphy/Penn State Veterans Plaza as their senior class gift. For more information on Penn State's 2011 class gift, visit online.

For information and photos of a ceremony held in honor of Murphy before the start of the Penn State-Ohio State football game on Oct. 27, 2007, go to online.

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    WASHINGTON (May 7, 2008) A photo illustration of the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112). The ship was named after Lt. Michael P. Murphy (Sea, Air, Land) who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat in Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005. U.S. Navy Photo Illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jay Chu (Released)

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Last Updated May 31, 2011