L. Brent Bozell Introduction
"We save the best, certainly the most important, for last.
Hopefully we’ve enjoyed ourselves tonight, and had some
laughs. But hanging overhead, and what should remain of
uppermost importance to us is the reality that America is at
war – we are at war – and while we enjoy our freedoms at
home, including our most treasured liberty, the freedom of
expression, there are hundreds of thousands of our military
at this very moment, in faraway corners of the earth,
fighting, suffering, and giving their lives so those very
liberties may be preserved.
It is always an honor to have members of the armed forces
with us in this room. Tonight we are especially privileged
to have in our midst a recipient of the Congressional Medal
of Honor, the United States’ highest military award, for his
actions in Vietnam. I ask him please to rise: Retired US
Army General Robert Foley.
America’s veterans, ladies and gentlemen, are America’s
best, America’s heroes.
I would now like every member of the armed forces, active
and retired to please stand, if you’re able to do so, and be
But there is another hero, not with us tonight.
Michael Murphy was born May 7, 1976. In September 2000 he
joined the United States Navy and a year later was enrolled
into the ranks of the elite Navy Seals. Deployed to
Afghanistan in 2005, Lt. Murphy found himself detailed with
a four man team to locate a high-level Taliban leader.
Ambushed and vastly outnumbered in a ferocious firefight,
what Lt. Murphy did next would cost him his life, and also
earn him in 2007 the Congressional Medal of Honor, the
United States’ highest award for selfless valor in combat
and upholding the highest traditions of the US Naval
We give you that story…
Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and welcome to the stage
Daniel and John Murphy, the father and brother of Lt.
And now please welcome to the stage MRC Trustee Mr. T. Boone
Pickens for a special presentation."