A former Navy SEAL who served alongside a slain member of the force for which a New York memorial is dedicated said Saturday that the teen allegedly responsible for vandalizing it needs to learn from his mistake.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday for allegedly vandalizing the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park in Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island.

Lt. Murphy was a Medal of Honor recipient whose heroism inspired the feature film "Lone Survivor."

Marcus Luttrell said Saturday that the teen responsible needs to understand what Murphy meant to his community and his country.


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He said that the boy needs to be cut some slack though he should work to pay for the damage.

"Take that kid, send him out here to me. I'll put him to work and show him what kind of man Mike was and the legacy that he left behind," he said.

"We all make mistakes and we push past them. That's how we become the men that we're bound and destined to be."

The Suffolk County Police Department last week released a photo of the shattered granite stone with an image of Murphy on it, asking for any information.

The unidentified teen was arrested early Friday at his home.

Luttrell said Saturday that the memorials of fallen soldiers across the country are reminders of how special the soldiers they honor are.

He also said that Lt. Murphy would have told the teen that he needs to "’fess up and pay up" for the damage he caused.

"Make no mistake, [the teen] messed up and I'm not giving him a pass on that," Luttrell said.

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