Memorial Day is about honoring our servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. We are amazingly privileged to live our comfortable lives and its important to take time to recognize that this did not come with a price. Today’s beatdown was The Murph, in honor of Lt. Murphy who was KIA in Afghanistan.
On October 22, 2007, Lt. Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor. Below is the citation from his award:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare task unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an extremely rugged enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy’s team was discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their position to Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged his four member team. Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of the team. Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates. Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team. In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
- Murph was a Navy Seal, so we started with 20 Seal Jacks
- 10 Weed Pickers
- OYO Arm Swings and Arm Throws to loosen up the shoulders
- Jog in place with High Knees and Butt Kickers
The Murph is not complex, its just straight forward punishment.
1 Mile Run
300 Air Squats
1 Mile Run
T-Claps for the 22 HIMs that showed up and pushed through this beatdown. What YHC loves about this group is that it doesn’t breakdown by if you do 100 strict or modified pull-ups, what matters is that we stick together and push each other to become a better version of ourselves. The F3 mantra of Acceleration is not determined by your starting point, it’s about getting better each day, and we all got better today!
We had HIMs take turns sharing names and stories of men who made the ultimate sacrifice. It was humbling to hear their stories and to think of the parents, siblings, spouses, and children left behind. So many men and women sacrificed so that we could live in freedom, it is incumbent upon us to honor them by living as men of integrity as we love our wives, lead our children, and strive to improve our community.
Memorial Day 2017, YHC would never had imagined I would be doing something like this. Today’s challenge was to think about these great stories of sacrifice and to look for ways to sacrifice for others, so that we could come back together on Memorial Day 2019 and say, “I never thought I would be where I am today.”
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.