WADING RIVER, NY (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Murphy family of Wading River is beaming with pride over the death of Osama Bin Laden.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports: Daniel Murphy Is Proud Of His Son And The Seals


Daniel Murphy said as soon as he heard a special operations force captured and killed bin Laden, he knew the attack was carried out by the Navy SEALs.

“I am elated that the SEALs were involved in killing Osama bin Laden,” said Daniel. “It’s almost like it’s payback.”

His son, 29-year-old Lt. Michael Murphy, was killed in action six years ago in Afghanistan hunting the Taliban.

Murphy, a graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School, was the first Navy SEAL to be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously since the Vietnam War. He received the honor in 2007.

Daniel is calling the killing of bin Laden payback and said that the deaths of his son and other Navy SEALs have finally been avenged.

“Michael would’ve been proud,” Daniel told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “The fact that the SEAL DEVGRU was involved in capturing and killing bin Laden is payback for those 43 Navy SEALs that they’ve lost since 9/11.”

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He says he always believed his son or his son’s team would get bin Laden.

“I take it with a sense of pride that Michael, in a way, and teammates and colleagues of his were responsible for removing this man,” Daniel told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan. “I think it’s a great day for America.”

Lt. Murphy’s mother Maureen however, calls it bittersweet, saying there’s a hole in her heart from the loss of her son. Killing bin Laden she says, won’t bring Michael back.

On Saturday, Navy SEAL commanders are scheduled to appear with Murphy’s parents in Bath, Maine where a Navy ship named after Murphy will be christened.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman With More On The Navy SEALs

The Navy SEALs won’t confirm they carried out the attack, but their current chief, Rear Adm. Edward Winters, at Naval Special Warfare Command in California, sent an email congratulating his forces and cautioning them to keep their mouths shut.

It was a warning few needed in the secretive group, where operators are uncomfortable with media coverage, fearing that revealing details could let the enemy know what to expect next time.

Somewhere, maybe still in the Middle East, there’s a Navy SEAL who knows he killed bin Laden, but he can’t tell anyone, not yet.

“We’re going to get bits and pieces, but we’re not going to get the whole story. [We’re] probably not going to ever get the name, or not get for a long time, the name of the actual person who did it,” the National Journal’s Mark Ambinder told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

Ambinder says that’s how the Joint Special Operations Command, which includes the SEALs, works.

“They exist as the President’s secret army,” he says.

The Pentagon doesn’t talk about them, even though the unit has quadrupled in size since 9/11.

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Comments (26)

    Why are there no black seals?


  2. jerseyjoey says:

    Whites couldnt do it, LMAO so a half breed idiot called obama did, HAAAAAAAAhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, thats funny as a turd in a punch bowl at a liberal fundraiser. Obama was watching it on tv, and least your limited mind can remember, whites freed the slaves with their blood and lives, its called the civil war you Dope. Black Pride, well you are entitled to your opinions but they are as one would say (Racist Hater) i think is the liberals key phrase.

  3. Wolfman Kayl says:

    You are all so brainwashed, it hurts me (and the rest of the world). Osama has been dead for years and the C.I.A. runs al qaeda. The facts, that so few care to patriotically seek, prove that that 9/11 was an inside job.

    1. Chris says:

      Take off the tinfoil hat and turn off all the radio stations and tv’s all on other channels and step into reality. REALLY?!?!?!

      Go ged your med’s adjusted…

      1. Chris says:

        Sorry “Get” your meds adjusted

  4. Black Pride says:

    Bush (white man) couldn’t do it….. Obama finally did it….4 more years!

    1. brooklyn4ever says:

      Relax Black Pride, he’s half white.

      1. kimberlee says:

        no actually do your researcch Obama’s mom is not white she’s Hawaaian and his dad is african. Are you serious that you don’t know this?

    2. Chris says:

      HA HA HA he’s not even 100% black! WTG Black Pride LOL

    3. Christopher says:

      Get the “facts” straight Black Pride. Obama is not completey African American. By the way – While the commander in chief gives the go ahead, its the US Special forces/Navy Seals that actually went in and took care of business. The action just fell under Obama’s term. This would have happened regardless of who is president.
      Stop promoting racism with your stupid comment.

  5. jtorres says:

    I said it before and I’ll say it again: Navy SEALs rock! Every mission that “can’t be done” sends in one of these elite units and they get it done. With little to no recognition. Every single serviceman and woman deserve gratitude for their service but these guys go into the fire and no one knows. That’s what you call heroism

  6. Stan says:


    1. Brian the cabbie says:

      He is where he belongs with his 47 virgins and his God if there is one ever, you guys are all happy and joyful but when will all the people who died on 9-11 coming back?? How many virgins do they have, oh wait no one is coming back and no one is having any virgins, his body was prepared according to his beliefs how about our dead?? Did they have an open caskit? Or even a closed one?? Did they even had a body??

      I think you bible says an eye for an eye, didn’t say 2 eyes for 6000 of them, if it does, I don’t believe in the bible anyway

  7. caa says:

    Thank God for our military for without them past, present, and future none of us would be sitting at our computers voicing our opinions. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  8. brooklyn4ever says:

    Wow, I was just returnig from my parent’s grave when I was walking towards Lt. Murphy’s grave at the cemetery with a friend whose dad is also buried there. We were so taken back by his memorial that we stopped to pray for this courageous young man, leaving him an American Flag and our thanks for his service. We were both so taken back by his Medal of Honor and that he received it after his passing. What a wonderfulway to memorialize him. I know that his parents are proud of him and I know that he knows that his fellow SEAL’s made him just as proud. God Bless You Lt. Murphy and God Bless all of our service men and women!. I will be back to see you next time I see my parents.

  9. Bridget says:

    OBL was in Pakistan the whole time, living large in a mansion. Yes we spend millions a day in Afganistan. First of all you cannot tell me that the Pakistan government did not know he was hidding out in a manision that is practically in a military town. Second we should have no relationship whatsoever with Pakistan (money, trade, whatever). So when are we pulling out of Afganistan? We can’t stay their forever.

  10. Brian the cabbie says:

    Well their son was killed in Afganestan and Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan why do they need to jump on this as if it was the son who killed OBL?? When will we stop making a hero of everyone who did the job or died doing the job he was originally hired to do? A sanitation worker gets killed picking up trash, he is a hero, a cab driver dies driving his cab we make him a hero a navy seal dies fighting the war he is a hero, come on people they choosed these kind of jobs on their own well. Oh my cousin was a hero too he was a bank robber by profision and he got killed robbing the bank, he is a hero as well, we are all country of Heroes, we talk worth of $100 and work worth of $1 that is why we make a hero of everyone who does his job

    1. Chris says:

      Hey Brian,

      Go F*&K yourself for leaving comments like that! Anyone who dies in the line of duty should deserve special attention except for your dirtbag cousin. I hope you get aids and you wife or daughter are forced to go down on homless bums in front of you. GOD BLESS NAVY SEAL TEAM 6 AND THE REST OF OUR UNIFORMED SERVICE’S!!!

      1. Brian the cabbie says:

        Well, I don’t care if your God, if you have one in the first place, wil bless whoever you want. Wait a second where was your God when these people hijacked the planes and killed whoever they killed, I guess your God was off that day, LOL.

        Buddy, I don’t deny the seals and team 6 and team oh Sh it , they all do a good job but that is their job and that is what they get paid for to begin with. Military service is a job in the USA which you get to decide to join in not like my home country, ISRAEL where it is mandatory and we all must join in for a specific period of time. Oh I forgot you get paid to do a job and after you do if we make you a hero, wait if you fail, we still make u a hero

    2. jtorres says:

      You, brian, are an idiot. Yes, they chose to be soldiers, SEALs, and serve their country in the most selfless way possible. You know why? So American citizens like you and I have the freedom to voice our opinions. No matter how stupid. They know their lives are on the line every damn day and they do it anyway. That makes them heroes in my book. If you think it’s so easy, “I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post” Let’s see how heroic you can be under fire. BTW, the word is “chose”, not “choosed”– there’s no such word

    3. Mike Carthy says:

      hey what does a cabbie do when his car breaks down….he goes on welfare cause he’s too stupid to have any other job but driving people..what every body can do anyway…lol

  11. Jeff says:

    From the OSS in WW II and the Rangers that stormed Normandy to the units that “crossed the border” in south east Asia, to the ones that got Bin Laden.
    U.S. special forces have been the behind the scene silent heros that have been serving our country with dedication and valor.
    A salute to all our branches and their “special” units who go the extra mile to get the job done. Army special forces, Rangers, Air force special Ops, Navy seals, Marine Recon, Coast Guard Rescue, Delta.
    And A special Thanks to the Unsung Heros of the Viet Nam era. Recondo.

  12. Jeanne says:

    Ahhhhh……Mr and Mrs Murphy I wish I could fill that hole and absorb some of the pain you must feel.

    Your beautiful boy, your beautiful boy.

    With my heart in my hands I want to thank you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice

  13. GB says:

    Condolences to the Murphy family, and kudos to the SEAL team and US military.

  14. JD says:

    These are the real heros – the men and women who give of themselves at any cost and for the good of us all here in US.

    To the family of this soldier, god bless you, and your son will never be forgotten.

  15. Micha says:

    God Bless all of the men and women of our special forces… whether it be secret missions or not. These are our heroes, not some stupid actress or rapper.

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