By now most of you have probably heard of or possibly even tried Murph. We will be open on Monday, Memorial Day at 10am for everyone who wants to come down and complete the WOD named in honor of fallen hero Lt. Michael Murphy. If you aren't able to make Monday don't forget about our Saturday class at 10am. We will be running it then as well.
The Story Behind "Murph".
"Murph” is a CrossFit Hero WOD named after Navy Lieutenant
Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. He was
29, of Patchogue, N.Y. Lt Murphy was awarded the Congressional Medal of
Honor after his death.
The workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it ‘Body Armor.’ It first appeared on the CrossFit site 18 August 2005. Engaged in a frenzied firefight and outnumbered by the Taliban, Navy
Lt. Michael Murphy made a desperate decision as he and three fellow
SEALs fought for their lives on a rocky mountainside in Afghanistan’s
Kunar Province in 2005.
In a last-ditch effort to save his team, Murphy pulled out his
satellite phone, walked into a clearing to get reception and called for
reinforcements as a fusillade of bullets ricocheted around him. One of
the bullets hit him, but he finished the call and even signed off,
Then he continued the battle.
Dan Murphy, the sailor’s father, said it didn’t surprise him that his
slain son nicknamed “The Protector” put himself in harm’s way. Nor was
he surprised that in the heat of combat his son was courteous. “That was Michael. He was cool under fire. He had the ability to
process information, even under the most difficult of circumstances.
That’s what made him such a good SEAL officer,” Murphy said. A warship bearing the name of the Medal of Honor recipient was
christened at Bath Iron Works, where the destroyer is being built.
Murphy, who was 29 when he died, graduated from Pennsylvania State
University and was accepted to multiple law schools, but decided he
could do more for his country as one of the Navy’s elite SEALS — special
forces trained to fight on sea, air and land — the same forces that
killed Osama bin Laden this week in Pakistan.
Murphy, of Patchogue, N.Y., earned his nickname after getting
suspended in elementary school for fighting with bullies who tried to
stuff a special-needs child into a locker and for intervening when some
youths were picking on a homeless man, said Dan Murphy, a lawyer, former
prosecutor and Army veteran who served in Vietnam.
Maureen Murphy said he thought he was too young to take a desk job as
a lawyer. Instead, he went to officer candidate school, the first step
on his journey to become a SEAL officer. He was in training during the
Sept. 11 attacks, which shaped his views. His view was that there are “bullies in the world and people who’re
oppressed in the world. And he said, ‘Sometimes they have to be taken
care of,'” she said.
On June 28, 2005, the day he was killed, Murphy was leading a SEAL
team in northeastern Afghanistan looking for the commander of a group of
insurgents known as the Mountain Tigers. The Operation Red Wings reconnaissance team rappelled down from a
helicopter at night and climbed through rain to a spot 10,000 feet high
overlooking a village to keep a lookout. But the mission was compromised
the following morning when three local goat herders happened upon their
High in the Hindu Kush mountains, Murphy and Petty Officers Marcus
Luttrell of Huntsville, Texas; Matthew Axelson of Cupertino, Calif.; and
Danny Dietz of Littleton, Colo.; held a tense discussion of the rules
of engagement and the fate of the three goat herders, who were being
held at gunpoint. If they were Taliban sympathizers, then letting the herders go would
allow them to alert the Taliban forces lurking in the area; killing them
might ensure the team’s safety, but there were issues of possible
military charges and a media backlash, according to Luttrell, the lone
survivor. Murphy, who favored letting the goat herders go, guided a discussion
of military, political, safety and moral implications. A majority agreed
An hour after the herders were released, more than 100 Taliban armed
with AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades opened fire,
attacking from higher elevation, and maneuvering to outflank the SEALs,
said Gary Williams, author of “Seal of Honor,” a biography of Murphy. Dan Murphy said his son made the right call.
“It was exactly the right decision and what Michael had to do. I’m
looking at it from Michael’s perspective, that these were clearly
civilians. One of them was 14 years old, which was about the age of his
brother. Michael knew the rules of engagement and the risks associated
with it,” the father said. As the only survivor, Luttrell has pangs of regret for voting to go
along with Murphy, his best friend; he now believes the team could’ve
survived if the goat herders were killed.
In his own book, “Lone Survivor,” Luttrell wrote that Murphy was shot
in the stomach early in the firefight, but ignored the wound and
continued to lead the team, which killed dozens of Taliban attackers.
The injuries continued to mount as the SEALs were forced to scramble,
slide and tumble down the mountain in the face of the onslaught.
Three of the team members had been shot at least once when Murphy
decided drastic action was needed to save the team, Luttrell wrote. With
the team’s radio out of commission, Murphy exposed himself to enemy
gunfire by stepping into a clearing with a satellite phone to make a
call to Bagram Airfield to relay the dire situation. He dropped the
phone after being shot, then picked it up to complete the phone call
with four words: “Roger that, thank you.”
By the end of the two-hour firefight, Murphy, Dietz and Axelson were
dead. The tragedy was compounded when 16 rescuers — eight additional
SEALs and eight members of the Army’s elite “Night Stalkers” — were
killed when their MH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by a
It was the largest single-day loss in naval special warfare history.