Murphy has been posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal. During his service, he also earned the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak clusters and the Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with Campaign Star.
Murphy was born in Boston and grew up largely in Brockton, Massachusetts before moving to Snellville as a teenager. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Martha Murphy, with whom he had two sons, a 2-year-old and a 4-month-old. He is also survived by his parents and brothers, according to an obituary.