Navy League to hold ROTC benefit dinner Sept. 29 at Nittany Lion Inn

July 12, 2010

The Navy League of the United States (Central Pennsylvania council) will hold a benefit dinner for the Penn State Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Sept. 29, at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. Money raised will directly support the attendance of local ROTC midshipmen, cadets and other military persons at the dinner and also will benefit Penn State's ROTC morale, welfare and recreation funds.

At the dinner, the Navy League, in partnership with the Nittany Leathernecks Detachment of the Marine Corps League, will honor Dan and Maureen Murphy, gold-star parents of Medal of Honor recipient and Penn State distinguished alumnus Lt. Michael P. Murphy, who was killed while leading an intelligence mission behind enemy lines in Afghanistan in June 2005. Penn State honored Murphy at Beaver Stadium during the game between Penn State and Ohio State in 2007, named him a distinguished alumnus in 2008 and renamed a College of the Liberal Arts seminar room in his honor in 2009.

Gary Williams, author of "SEAL of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy," will be the guest speaker at the event. The night's events will include a book signing with Williams beginning at 5 p.m., a general reception at 6 p.m. and dinner beginning at 7 p.m.

Seating at the dinner is limited; prices start at $30 for an individual attendee and range up to $600 for a table of 10 guests and sponsorship of 10 midshipmen and cadets. To register for the event, visit online. For more information contact John Groenveld at or call 814-863-9896.

  • In 2007, Daniel and Maureen Murphy displayed the flag and Medal of Honor they received on behalf of their son from the White House during a ceremony at Beaver Stadium.

    IMAGE: Annemarie Mountz
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