When Jeff Beaurline walked into Pub 25 American Grille to buy a beer for St. Patrick’s Day, he had no idea his actions were going to make national news.
He simply walked in and asked the owner if he could leave a cold beer on the bar for a fallen American hero with a small “Reserved” sign in front of it. The sign, hand written in block print, reads:
“Reserved for: LT Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy SEAL. Killed in action, 28 June 2005, Afghanistan. NEVER FORGOTTEN.”
Beaurline posted the image to the SEAL of Honor Facebook page, run by friends and family of the fallen Navy SEAL Lieutenant. The post reads:
As promised… I just walked into a local pub (PUB 25, Newtown, CT) and asked to speak with the Owner/Manager. I asked if I could leave a cold one on the bar for Michael all day . I showed him the “Reserved” sign I made and explained I wanted to leave him sufficient funds to buy a random person a Guinness every hour today, and that when the surprised patron asks him “Who is this from?” he should reply: “It’s from LT Michael P. Murphy.” and point to the reserved sign.
The Owner/Manager was so in tune with this small gesture, he refused my money, introduced me to two men working in the PUB who just returned home from Afghanistan and Iraq with the ASSURANCE that my request on Michael’s behalf would be honored. God Bless America!
The post has gone almost immediately viral, being shared on media outlets worldwide including on the Facebook page of Lt. Murphy’s SEAL Team 10 teammate, “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell.
Lt. Michael P. Murphy, known to friends as “Murph,” died on June 28, 2005, during the two-hour firefight with Taliban fighters made famous in the book “Lone Survivor”. Murph’s actions that day, heroically facing enemy fire in an effort to save his teammates, earned him a posthumous Medal of Honor. The citation reads, in part:
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.