Navy SEAL Michael Martin McGreevy, Jr. died June 28, 2005, when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wings. He was a member of Seal Team 10. He was part of the special forces team sent to rescue a small team engaged in heavy fighting.
McGreevy was born April 24, 1975. He grew up in Portville, New York. While in high school, McGreevy ran track, setting a school record for the 800-meter run, wrestled, and played soccer and youth ice hockey. He attended the Naval Academy, where he was class of 1997's secretary and he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1997.
Upon commissioning, he served aboard USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) as a Surface Warfare Officer. His true passion was to become a SEAL and he later realized his dream when he graduated in Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL class 230 as the "Honor Man" in August 2000.He served at SEAL Team FOUR and completed a Southern Command deployment. He later transferred to SEAL Team EIGHT and completed a Central Command deployment as the Assistant Officer-in-Charge. He later transferred to SEAL Team TEN as Officer-in-Charge of ECHO Platoon.
During his service Mike was awarded the Bronze Star (with "V" for Valor), Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2 awards), Navy Expert Rifle, and Navy Expert Pistol.
"Hold him up as high as you can - he was a great American and a great person," said Marine Captain Aaron Shelley of San Diego, California, McGreevy's friend and freshman year roommate at the academy. "He did well in everything I saw him do - at the same time, he was very, very humble about it and was always ready to help others."
McGreevy is survived by his wife, Laura, and 14-month-old daughter, Molly, his mother Patricia Mackin and father Michael McGreevy Sr.