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Navy SEAL Killed in Ambush Receives Highest Honor

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Navy SEAL Killed in Ambush Receives Highest Honor

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Navy SEAL Killed in Ambush Receives Highest Honor

Navy SEAL Killed in Ambush Receives Highest Honor

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President Bush awarded the medal of honor Monday to Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL who died in a firefight in Afghanistan.

It's the first time the nation's highest military decoration has been awarded for combat in that country.

Murphy was born and raised on Long Island in New York and entered the Navy after graduating from Penn State University.

He rose to the rank of lieutenant and led a team into the rugged mountains of Afghanistan in 2005 in search of terrorist leaders.

The president presented the medal to Murphy's parents in the East Room of the White House.

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