On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember the fallen. Those that served and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
For our Freedom
For our Brothers in Arms
To Protect our Family and Friends
That Others May Live
Our Fallen, Since 9/11
Special Warfare has many fallen names to remember this Memorial Day. From young and seemingly invincible, to hardened and experience, we have lost too many heroes. Each name below has his own unique story that will humble and inspire. From Medal of Honor John Chapman’s incredible stand during Operation Anaconda, to Bill Schroeder’s selfless actions to stop an armed assailant, and the Pedro 66 rescue team’s ultimate sacrifice to save lives, each name and face is remembered. I encourage you to select someone below, search for their name online, and learn their remarkable story.
It is customary for Special Warfare operators to remember our fallen by performing a grueling Workout of the Day (WOD). A standard amongst the community is the classic Crossfit WOD; Murph.
In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor”. After his death, his workout was enshrined as “Murph” in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is. Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.
1 mile Run
1 mile Run
Give Thanks to Our Heroes
There are many organizations that give back to the Special Warfare community, and these below are our favorites. If you have can spare, please, consider a donation to support those that need our help. These orgs do great things and no donation is too small.
- Pararescue Foundation– Resiliency Services, transition support, and legacy preservation for PJs and their families
- TACP Association– Gold star family, memorial and scholarship support for the TACP community.
- Combat Control Association– Support injured or KIA of CCT and their families, through multiple programs
- Ruck For Collin supporting Special Operations Warrior Foundation– Each year, Combat Rescue Officer Nate endures a grueling ruck for his fallen friend and silver star recipient, Navy SEAL Collin Thomas. Any donation support the Special Ops Warrior Foundation- providing educational support to surviving children of special operators.