Mike McGreevy was born on April 24, 1975, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1993, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy on May 23, 1997. During his voluntary summer training at the Academy, Cadet McGreevy completed the Army Basic Airborne Course and the Army Combat Diver Qualification Course. His first assignment was to the Naval Academy Prep School at Newport, Rhode Island, from June to September 1997, followed by Surface Warfare Officers School at Newport from September 1997 to February 1998. LtJG McGreevy served aboard the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) from February 1998 to January 2000, and then entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in February 2000. After completing BUD/S training, LT McGreevy served with SEAL Team FOUR at NAB Norfolk, Virginia, from September 2000 to October 2001, and during this time he attended U.S. Army Ranger School. His next assignment was with SEAL Team EIGHT at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, from October 2001 to July 2003, followed by service with Naval Special Warfare Squadron TEN from July 2003 to April 2004. LT McGreevy served with SEAL Team TEN at NAB Little Creek from April 2004 to February 2005, and then deployed with his Team to Afghanistan until he was killed in action during Operation Red Wings when the MH-47 Chinook helicopter he was aboard was shot down by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade on June 28, 2005. Mike McGreevy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
His Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:
For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as Platoon Commander, SEAL Team TEN, while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 28 June 2005. As part of a Quick Reaction Force, Lieutenant McGreevy was sent to reinforce a Navy SEAL Special Reconnaissance element engaged in a fierce firefight against a numerically superior Anti-Coalition Militia near Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. The Special Reconnaissance element was under siege from enemy fire in extremely rugged and unforgiving terrain. Demonstrating exceptional resolve and fully comprehending the ramifications of the mission, Lieutenant McGreevy’s element launched aboard a helicopter for direct insertion onto an active battlefield, ready to engage and destroy the enemy in order to protect the lives of their fellow SEALs. While airborne Lieutenant McGreevy continued working with members of his team to develop the plan of attack to support both a Quick Reaction Force and an urgent execution of the intended deliberate assault. As the helicopter hovered in preparation for a daring fast-rope insertion of the SEALs, the aircraft was struck by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade fired by Anti-Coalition Militia. The resulting explosion and impact caused the tragic and untimely loss of life of all onboard. Lieutenant McGreevy’s bravery and heroism in the face of severe danger while fighting the Global War on Terrorism was extraordinary. By his courageous actions, zealous initiative, and loyal dedication to duty, Lieutenant McGreevy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.