To the average CrossFitter, Hero workouts are symbolic gestures of respect for our fallen. CrossFitters from all over the world, regardless of country or allegiance, throw themselves wholeheartedly at these intentionally gut-wrenching workouts that serve as a tribute to our lost protectors.
Today, and each Memorial Day going forward, we will do "Murph" in honor of Michael Patrick "Murph" Murphy (May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005) who was a United States Navy SEAL officer awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War. His other posthumous awards include the Silver Star Medal (which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor) and the Purple Heart.
Murphy was killed on June 28, 2005 after his team was compromised and surrounded by Taliban forces near Asadabad, Afghanistan. He left his cover position and went to a clearing away from the mountains, exposing himself to a hail of gunfire in order to get a clear signal to contact his Headquarters for relaying the dire situation and requesting immediate support for his team. He dropped the satellite phone after being shot multiple times but picked the phone back up and finished the call, while continuing getting shot upon he even signed off saying, “Thank You”, then continuing fighting from his exposed position until he died from his wounds.
You can read more here about many of those who have fallen while serving our country, but will never be forgotten.