Navy LT Michael M. McGreevy was born on 24 April 1975 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Portville High School in 1993, where he was well known as a track star.
Mike attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1997. While at the Naval Academy he attended the Army Basic Airborne course and graduated as "Honor Man" of the Army Combat Diver Qualification Course class 04-95 during voluntary summer training. Upon commissioning, he served aboard USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) as a Surface Warfare Officer. His true passion was to become a SEAL, and he later realized this dream when he graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL once again as "Honor Man" of Class 230 in August 2000.
Mike started his career in the SEAL Teams at SEAL Team FOUR where he volunteered to attend the Army Ranger Course, graduating as "Top Ranger." He then deployed for to Southern Command, conducting Foreign Internal Defense missions and multiple joint-combined exercises with several foreign Special Operations Forces. Upon returning from this deployment he answered the call for an emergent deployment with SEAL Team EIGHT to the Crises Response Element, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Horn of Africa. As the Assistant Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Special Warfare Task Unit, Mike conducted numerous missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his tour at SEAL Team EIGHT Mike transferred to SEAL Team TEN as Officer-in-Charge of ECHO Platoon.
As Officer-in-Charge of SEAL Team TEN, ECHO Platoon, Mike deployed in April 2005, to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On June 28, 2005 he and his platoon were launched as a Quick Reaction Force in support of a four-man SEAL reconnaissance unit engaged in fierce combat with Al Qaeda near Asadabad, in Kunar province. Upon arriving in the area, Mike and 15 other US Special Operations Forces soldiers were killed when their MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down. In giving the ultimate sacrifice, Mike and his fellow teammates enabled one member of the SEAL reconnaissance team to escape and evade capture, later returning to the safety of his unit.
During his service Mike was awarded the Bronze Star (with "V" for Valor), Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2 awards), Navy Expert Rifle, and Navy Expert Pistol.
Mike is survived by his wife Laura, his daughter Molly, his mother Patricia Mackin and father Michael McGreevy Sr.