Navy Seal Museum to be Built, Named in Honor of Lt. Michael Murphy

Islip, NY – Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently joined Senator Tom Croci and other elected officials at a press conference where Senator Croci announced plans to construct a Navy SEAL Museum and United States Naval Sea Cadet Training Facility. The Museum will be named after Suffolk County’s iconic national war hero, LT. Michael P. Murphy.

Also during the press conference, Senator Croci announced a $400,000.00 State grant he secured for Suffolk County that has been earmarked specifically for the Museum.  Funding for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Museum will be the responsibility of the LT. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum Foundation.

Senator Tom Croci said, “I am so very proud that this community will be the home of the first Navy Seal Museum in the northeast, paying tribute to a local hero and a true patriot, LT. Michael Murphy, as well the Naval Special Warfare Community and its significant role in our nation’s security.”

"We are grateful to Senator Croci for securing the grant that will make this museum possible”, commented Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.  “This museum will be a treasure in our Town, and will remind visitors of the sacrifices that have been made by the members of the Special Forces community. While we can never repay them, we can honor the heroism and legacy of Lt. Michael Murphy, and all those who serve our nation."

The museum will honor the ongoing mission and legacy of the U.S. Navy SEALs.  An additional focus will be to continue the commitment to support the Sea Cadets program by utilizing a portion of the museum as a training facility.  This museum will be the first of its kind in the entire northeast and only the third such museum in the country. 

"The Murphy family is thrilled with the first ever Navy SEAL Museum in the Northeast named after our son, Michael”, said Dan Murphy, Father of LT Michael Murphy. This project, the LT Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum/Sea Cadet Training Facility is a reality because of the hard work and commitment of State Senator Tom Croci, County Executive Steve Bellone and County Legislator, Bill Lindsay Jr.  State Senator Tom Croci, a Navy Commander who worked closely with the SEAL teams in Afghanistan, looked on this project as a labor of love and is supporting this project in both name and monetary support. This Museum/Sea Cadet Training facility will be a reality because of Senator Croci's hard work, support and commitment to our men and women in the armed forces."

“Our hometown hero, Lt. Michael Murphy, made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our country and our freedom,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “His legacy continues to embody the American spirit, and I am extremely proud that his memory will live on through generations of Suffolk County residents through this Navy SEAL museum.  This is not only a proud day for Lt. Murphy’s family and friends but for all of us in Suffolk County as we commemorate the accomplishments of this great American hero.”

The artist renderings and architectural elevations presented at the press conference show the 200’ by 185’ glassed walled building will be located at the north east side of the park, which also is the home of the Long Island Maritime Museum.