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Edward R. Murphy , Jr.

Home of record: El Cajon California
Status: POW

On January 23, 1968, the U.S.S. PUEBLO was attacked by North Korean naval vessels and MiG jets. One man was killed and several were wounded. The Eighty-two surviving crew members were captured and held prisoner for 11 months. The U.S.S. Pueblo remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy and is the only ship of the U.S. Navy currently being held captive. It is on public display in North Korea despite continuing diplomatic efforts to secure its return.


Navy and Marine Corps Medal

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Lieutenant Edward R. Murphy, Jr., United States Navy, for heroism in rescuing the three-man crew of a grounded fishing boat off Centerville Beach County Park, Ferndale, California, on the early morning of 21 March 1966. Using a rope found on the beach for a lifeline, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Shirley H. Elliott and Lieutenant Edward R. Murphy, Jr., swam approximately 35 yards to the stricken craft and succeeded in helping the three fishermen, one of whom was suffering from shock, to the shore. By their prompt and courageous actions in the face of grave personal risk, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Elliott and Lieutenant Murphy were directly instrumental in saving three lives.

General Orders: All Hands (December 1966)

Action Date: March 21, 1966

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Pueblo Incident

Lieutenant Edward R. Murphy, Jr., United States Navy, was captured when the U.S.S. PUEBLO (AGER-2) was boarded by North Korean forces in International Waters on 23 January 1968, and was held as a Prisoner of War in North Korea until his release on 23 December 1968.

Action Date: January 23, 1968 - December 23, 1968

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Division: Prisoner of War (North Korea)