Friday, November 7, 2014

USS Sennet SS-408 Eternal Patrol

It is with great sadness to report that Al Murphy has departed on Eternal Patrol.


Alfred J. Murphy died November 4, 2014. He was born February 23, 1936 in Chambers County, Alabama to the late Arthur and Lilly Murphy. He was married to his third grade sweetheart, Shirley for 57 years. After high school, he joined the Navy and earned his Dolphins. He served in the Submarine Service until retirement. In his retirement years, he was an advocate for disabled, retired, and wounded veterans and their families. He also belonged to many local civic groups. Mr. Murphy is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Murphy; his father and mother; brothers, Olyois, Winfred, and Renee Murphy; and sister, Ailene Smith. Mr. Murphy is survived by his daughter, Maureen Murphy Sparks (Jack) of Gardendale, AL; grandson, Andrew Sparks (Callie Ann) of Auburn, AL; brother, Herbert Murphy of Houston, TX; and two Angel Caregivers, Connie Yelder and Matthew Ford. Graveside service will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 12:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East, with Rev. Elvin L. Ford officiating. A Visitation will be held from 11:00am until 12:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Trussville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Vietnam Veterans Chapter 416, PO Box 1212 Gardendale, AL 35071. Jefferson Memorial Trussville is directing. Published in The Birmingham News from Nov. 5 to Nov. 7, 2014


Al served aboard Sennet as a CS3(SS) during the years 1960-1961. As it states above, Al was instrumental helping many of us with VA issues. Al also was a big help to me in coordinating our past reunions until his health went south.

Al, we’ll miss you Shipmate ! May the good Lord hold you close and comfort your family.

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