The family and friends of Lt. Michael Murphy share their memories — and discuss the fallen SEAL’s legacy — in a new documentary in theaters on Friday.
“Murph: The Protector” is playing in 179 Regal Entertainment Group cinemas across the country. On Friday, check Regal for show times and locations.
Murphy, was leading a SEAL mission to locate a high-level militia leader on June 27, 2005, near Asadabad, Kunar province, when militia members spotted them and revealed their position to Taliban fighters.
Between 30 and 40 of the enemy opened fire on Murphy’s four-man team. When the primary communicator was killed, Murphy repeatedly tried to call for assistance. When he realized the extremely rugged terrain made communication impossible, Murphy fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call, eliminating any cover he had and opening himself to enemy fire. When he finally made contact with headquarters, he asked for support for his team and maintained his position in the open to transmit his location. He continued firing until his death. (Read his citation here.)
The film will go beyond his heroism to take a closer look at the man, who was simply “Murph” to his family and friends.
A DVD release is expected in the summer.