October 2018

Joseph M. Murphy to Receive The Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award

Joseph M. Murphy, a Founding Director of Country Bank New York and a United States Marine, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Marine Corps University Foundation’s prestigious Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award. Murphy was chosen for the top distinction in recognition of his exemplary service and dedication to the community.


The Russell Leadership Award honors Murphy’s lifelong commitment to excellence in leadership and character which reflects the history, traditions, and ethos of the Marine Corps.  Murphy will receive this award at the Major General John H. Russell Luncheon on October 18, 2018 at The Union League Club in New York City.


Major General John H. Russell, USMC, was the 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award established in his honor by the Marine Corps University Foundation, is presented annually at a luncheon to a distinguished American whose commitment to personal and professional excellence embodies those qualities of leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps.


In addition to his many endeavors, Murphy is Chairman of Value Investors, Inc. a national real estate development and finance company.  For over twenty years the Murphy Family have been the majority owners of Value Express LLC, a mortgage origination and securitization entity.


Murphy was born and raised in the Inwood Section of Manhattan.  His father, Michael, was from Dunworley, County Cork, and his mother, Mary Sullivan, was from Ballyporeen, County Tipperary.  He attended Rice High School in Harlem, and subsequently Iona College, both were operated by The Congregation of Irish Christian Brothers.  After one year at Iona, he joined the United States Marine Corps.


Murphy served as a Platoon Sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, from 1953 to 1956, in defense of United Nations positions in Korea.  He remained in the Reserves until 1961.  Subsequently, he visited Afghanistan with General James L. Jones, Jr. USMC (Ret), Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commanding General of NATO, on a research mission to study the opium/heroin problem with the hope of finding a solution.  Murphy assembled a team in Brussels to create a “White Paper” which was presented to General Jones, the DEA and NATO.


Murphy and his wife, JoAnn, reside in Eastchester.  They have five children; Patricia, Joseph Jr., Christopher (deceased), Carolyn and Mary and are blessed with eight grandchildren.


For more information about The Marine Corps University Foundation, The Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award, and past award recipient’s, call Melissa Packard at (703) 640-6835 or mpackard@mcuf.org; www.marinecorpsuniversityfoundation.org.



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