A Long Island teenager was arrested last week after police say he vandalized a memorial for slain Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, a Medal of Honor recipient.
Fellow Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who was saved by Murphy’s actions during Operation Red Wings in 2005, reacted to the incident on Fox News over the weekend, providing an incredible response.
What did Luttrell say?
“I’m sure I felt just like you did…when you get a hold of the guy, make sure you give me a call, so I can come down and hang out with him for a while,” Luttrell said on “Fox & Friends.”
“But then I heard it was a 14-year-old boy, and um, I made a lot of mistakes when I was 14. I think we all did. Sometimes when we’re coming into our own, becoming a man, you’re confused,” he added. “It’s tough.”
Luttrell went on to explain how he believes the situation should be handled. First, he suggested the reward money be used to rebuild the memorial. Then, he said he would love the opportunity to show the boy what type of man Murphy was.
“Send him to me. Take that kid, don’t put him in jail. You can send him out here to me and I’ll put him to work and show him what kind of man Mike was,” Luttrell said. “We all make mistakes and we push past them. That’s how we become the man that we’re bound a destined to be.”
“I think it’s incumbent on us to cut people a little slack sometimes,” he added.
Still, Luttrell said the boy needs to “work off” his mistake, so he learns “how big of a deal it was” to “dishonor” Murphy’s memorial.
What would Luttrell say to the boy?
When asked what he would say to the boy if given the opportunity, Luttrell said the first thing he would say to the kid is, “Why don’t you tell me what’s going on?”
The second thing he would tell the kid is, “You don’t have any idea how much of [Murphy] you have inside of you,” Luttrell said, adding he would tell the boy he expects “great things” to come from his life.