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Crimson Valor

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Captain Phil Keith USN (Ret.), a Navy fighter pilot commissioned through NROTC at Harvard, has just published a history, Crimson Valor, profiling the 17 graduates of Harvard who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Harvard has more alumni Medal of Honor recipients than any other institution of higher learning other than West Point and the Naval Academy. The website for the Advocates for Harvard ROTC provides a brief sketch for each of the recipients,  including U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert C. Murray of the 196th Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division. His Medal of Honor citation reads:

S/Sgt. Murray distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with Company B. S/Sgt. Murray’s squad was searching for an enemy mortar that had been threatening friendly positions when a member of the squad tripped an enemy grenade rigged as a booby trap. Realizing that he had activated the enemy booby trap, the soldier shouted for everybody to take cover. Instantly assessing the danger to the men of his squad, S/Sgt. Murray unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own safety, threw himself on the grenade absorbing the full and fatal impact of the explosion. By his gallant action and self sacrifice, he prevented the death or injury of the other members of his squad. S/Sgt. Murray’s extraordinary courage and gallantry, at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Half of all proceeds go to activities supporting the mission of the Advocates.