Lt. Michael Murphy was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2005 after leading a four-man SEAL team on a reconnaissance mission, according to a Navy report. After coming under fire from approximately 50 insurgents, Murphy knowingly exposed himself to enemy fire so he could transmit a signal requesting immediate assistance for his team. Murphy and two of the other SEALs died in the firefight, though the fourth member, Marcus Luttrell, survived.
Marine Sgt. Matthew Abbate will receive the Navy Cross for his heroism Oct. 14, 2010, in Afghanistan. Abbate, with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., was killed in action just six weeks later.
Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr., 25, of Island Heights, N.J., died Nov. 26 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15703