Final respects

Friends, family lay Troy Marine to rest

Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff

Published November 19, 2009

TROY — It was time to say goodbye to a man described as a dedicated Marine who knew the meaning of sacrifice.

In the days since family members and friends of Marine Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Murphy learned that the 36-year-old Troy native died in Iraq Nov. 8, they’ve gathered a handful of times to honor him and share memories.

But on a clear, crisp Wednesday morning, more than 80 mourners gathered at a small, white church in Troy to pay their final respects to Murphy. Continue reading

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No future, just memories

‘It’s a mother’s nightmare’ to lose Marine son in war

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published November 12, 2009
TROY — Among the framed pictures, tattered postcards, medals and yellowed newspaper clippings lying in neat piles on the couch is a small book with a black-and-white polka-dot cover and a few loose-leaf pages filled with large, looped handwriting.

As Carol Murphy of Troy sits in her living room talking about the days since learning that her son, Marine Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Murphy, died in Iraq on Sunday, she occasionally glances at the book.

“I always wanted to write a book that would be about my life and my son encouraged me,” she says, squinting her red-rimmed eyes. “But you know how things go, I never got a chance to write that book.”

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Troy Marine dies in Iraq

Friends: Staff Sgt. Stephen Murphy was proud to serve

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published November 11, 2009
TROY — As Americans come together today to honor military veterans, friends and community members in Troy are remembering a local Marine who died in Iraq on Sunday.

Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Murphy, 36, of Troy was a Marine for 16 years, joining shortly after high school.

Besides a picture of his flag-draped coffin arriving at an airport in Dover, Del., military officials haven’t released details about how or where Murphy died in Iraq.

On Monday night, local veterans gathered with childhood friends of Murphy at Troy’s town common for a candlelight vigil. Continue reading