Archives: Modified Murph

  • When: 
  • QIC: Dreamliner
  • The PAX: Clifford, Deflator, Scout, Screen Door, Dreamliner
  • After hitting the snooze one too many times this morning, YHC’s feet hit the floor at 180 mph and was out the door in about five minutes. Upon arriving at the AO, YHC knew it was going to be a good day. Scout was out on his pre-BC run and Clifford was waiting in his sprinter van. Joined by Deflator in his typical run-up fashion and Screen Door (on a slight delay), the five PAX debarked.


    The Thang:

    Late in the night of June 27, 2005, a four-man NAVY SEAL team inserted, via fastrope, in a saddle between Sawtalo Sar and Gatigal Sar. The operation that followed is formally known as Operation Redwings but is more notably recognized as the battle resulting in the “Lone Survivor” (Marcus Luttrell). To honor the fallen men (see table below), we completed a modified Murph.

    Name Age Action Hometown
    Navy SEALs
    LT Michael P. Murphy 29 Part of 4-Man SEAL team, killed in an ambush Patchogue, New York
    SO2 Matthew Axelson 29 Cupertino, California
    SO2 Danny Dietz 25 Littleton, Colorado
    SOC Jacques J. Fontan 36 Killed aboard the helicopter when it was shot down New Orleans, Louisiana
    SOCS Daniel R. Healy 36 Exeter, New Hampshire
    LCDR Erik S. Kristensen 33 San Diego, California
    SO1 Jeffery A. Lucas 33 Corbett, Oregon
    LT Michael M. McGreevy, Jr. 30 Portville, New York
    SO2 James E. Suh 28 Deerfield Beach, Florida
    SO1 Jeffrey S. Taylor 30 Midway, West Virginia
    SO2 Shane E. Patton 22 Boulder City, Nevada
    160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
    SSG Shamus O. Goare 29 Killed aboard the helicopter when it was shot down Danville, Ohio
    CWO3 Corey J. Goodnature 35 Clarks Grove, Minnesota
    SGT Kip A. Jacoby 21 Pompano Beach, Florida
    SFC Marcus V. Muralles 33 Shelbyville, Indiana
    MSG James W. Ponder III 36 Franklin, Tennessee
    MAJ Stephen C. Reich 34 Washington Depot, Connecticut
    SFC Michael L. Russell 31 Stafford, Virginia
    CWO4 Chris J. Scherkenbach 40 Jacksonville, Florida


    Modified Murph:

    1 mile run: All PAX departed promptly at 0530 for one-lap around lake (1/2 mile). Once first PAX (Scout) reached the starting bench, all PAX turned around and completed return trip.

    100 big boy sit-ups, 200 merkins, 300 squats: Completed in 10-20-30 sets (x10). Counting duties were rotated.

    1 mile run: Same format as above.


    Since the PAX completely crushed the modified Murph (33 minutes total), we had time for some Mary. Ring of fire (Flutter kicks and six inches) and Captain Thor (1:4 ratio up to 4:16 of big boy sit-ups and American hammers).


    Circle of Trust (COT):

    Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

    What if we lived with this mindset?

    Ball of Man



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