NORFOLK -- Like so many Americans, Michael Murphy was changed on 9/11. He was going through BUDS, basic underwater demolition/SEAL, when the twin towers fell. Those who knew him say he internalized the entire event.
Author Gary Williams was inspired to tell his story after Murphy was killed during an operation to fight terrorism in Afghanistan in 2005.
He wrote SEAL of Honor, which recounts how 9/11 became a personal mission for Murphy.
Last weekend's SEALmission that killed Osama bin Laden has increased interested in the secretive Navy team and the book of Murphy's life.
'Over the last 72 hours, we've gotten an additional 9,000 hits on our website,' said Williams.
No one appreciates that interest more than Murphy's father, Daniel -- not only for his son's sake, but for the other 42 SEALs who have been killed since 9/11.
'I wanted people not just to know about Michael but about Michael's team,' says Murphy.
The 29-year-old was the first SEAL to die in combat in Afghanistan and received the Medal of Honor.
During Operation Red Wings in 2005, Murphy and three other SEALs were searching for a Taliban leader thought to be close to Osama bin Laden when they got into a gunfight with more than 50 anti-coalition forces members. Murphy moved into the open, despite being wounded, for a better position to transmit a call for help.
His father says his son always seemed to have a knack to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. His nickname was 'The Protector.'
'That was Michael. He was cool under fire. He had the ability to process information, even under the most difficult of circumstances. That's what made him such a good SEAL officer,' Murphy said.
Only one of the SEALteam survived.
This Saturday, a guided missile destroyer bearing his son's name will be christened on the day that would have been Murphy's 35th birthday.
Murphy's mother, Maureen, will christen the ship by smashing a bottle of champagne against the bow as his father, brother and others watch.
The ceremony will take place at Bath Iron Works in Maine, where the 510-foot destroyer is being built.
Associated Press contributed to this report.