City to Celebrate Newest Warship
by Naomi Cohen
According to the [commissioning committee's website], the event "bring[s] a ship to life" and "marks entrance of a man-of-war into the naval forces of her nation." The warship, a guided missile destroyer, honors Murphy's courage while on service hunting a key Taliban leader in Asadabad. Murphy, the first winner of the Medal of Honor for the war in Afghanistan, was shot while trying to transmit a call for help. The crew of the future warship [paid respects](http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg112/Pages/USSMichaelMurphycrewhonorsnamesake.aspx) Tuesday by visiting commemorative sites in Smithtown, his home town. Murphy is also the namesake of a park and post office on Long Island, a combat training pool in Newport and a veterans' plaza at Penn State University, his alma mater.
"The crew has so much pride in the fact that they carry on their patch the name USS Michael Murphy," Murphy's father [told ABC News](http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8836547). "You know Michael grew up as an ordinary young man on Long Island and became a national hero. It's emotionally trying but fulfilling at the same time."
The commissioning ceremony will be invite-only, but the ship will be open to the general public Monday from 1 to 5 p.m.
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