Since enlisting in the Navy, Murphy has enjoyed a fruitful career and multiple deployments that have sent him across the country and throughout the world. He was, however, injured during three of those deployments; in 2002, he wounded his knee in an explosion while in Iraq. In 2005, during another deployment to Iraq, he tore a ligament in the same leg (he also returned with testicular cancer, for which he received successful treatment). Finally, in 2009, while stationed in Cuba, he tore additional ligaments in the same leg during a softball game. Ultimately, Murphy’s leg was amputated below the knee. Murphy has no plans to slow down, though; he expects to become fully active in athletics as an amputee. In addition, he hopes to complete his master’s degree in criminal justice and wants to complete coursework at the Law Enforcement Training Academy.

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Thomas Murphy

Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class

Age: 38

Current Command/Position: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

Current Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.

Disability: Below-the-knee amputee (left leg), wounded in combat operations