Kevin Patrick Law - January 2019


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Unsung Heroes

The 3 Michaels Who Changed My Life

A s people prepare for 2019, they may find themselves evaluating the previous year — the highs, lows, successes, and failures — and coming up with resolutions to improve themselves in various ways. They might set ambitions to spend more time focusing on their health, their job, or their family and assiduously work to achieve them as the year goes on. As I hear about others’ New Year’s goals for their personal betterment, I can’t help but think about three of the greatest men I know who have and continue to inspired me in their own unique ways every single day. Interestingly, all three of them were given the name Michael.

infiltrated the mountain range along the Pakistan border. The team was conducting a sensitive mission to capture or kill a high-value Taliban target when they were ambushed by overwhelming Taliban forces. For about 45 minutes, the men fought as their ammunition ran low. The SEALs were wounded by gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades, which led Lt. Murphy to climb to higher ground and into the open to make an electronic call for help. Despite his severe wounds, he completed the call and continued fighting, but he ultimately succumbed to his own wounds. His final words were "Thank you." After his heroic death, Lt. Murphy was given the Medal of Honor, and the 2013 film “Lone Survivor” featured his squad’s story of true bravery.

Michael Sheridan Perhaps the most inspirational man in my family, this Michael was my maternal great- grandfather and a World War I veteran. Shortly after President Wilson’s declaration of the U.S. entry into the Great War in 1917 and through the formal end of the war in 1919,

Michael Patrick The last Michael I want to highlight is my wonderful son who was named after the two valiant Michaels who came before him. Not long before my son was born, my wife and I were visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii. We stood on the USS Missouri staring

my great-grandfather served in the U.S. Army to help maintain the safety of the millions of families residing in the allied countries. Just as his military sacrifices preserved the freedom of our great country, his selfless nature as a parent preserved the happiness of our family for generations. After he returned from serving overseas, my great-grandfather lost his wife to scarlet fever. In addition to grieving for my great-grandmother, he was left with five children to care for and raise while working as a street car conductor.

out at the poignant scene before us when our eyes landed on one ship in particular. We inquired about the ship’s name, and the tour guide told us it was the USS Michael Murphy. When we were trying to decide on a name for our son, we remembered the two unsung heroes and found inspiration for his name. In fact, a photo of his great-great-grandpa Michael Sheridan hangs on the wall in his room to this day. I hope and pray that my son will live up to his namesakes, and I’m excited to watch that happen in the years to come.

Michael Murphy Lt. Murphy was deployed to Afghanistan in April of 2005. He was the leader of a four-man Navy SEAL squad that secretly

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