Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 20, 2011

American Heroes~ AUDIE MURPHY (1924-1971) ~by rldubour


 

 

AUDIE MURPHY (1924-1971)

He was the sixth of twelve children
Born to Emmett and Josie Bell.
Growing up in Celeste, Texas
Audie was destined to do well.

With his twenty-two gauge rifle
He was a marksman at age nine.
He’d bring home the squirrels and rabbits
Mama would cook so they could dine.

At twelve years old he went to work
In helping his family meet their ends.
Money paid a dollar a day
He was even a hero then.

Four years later his mother died
She made Audie promise her this.
To place his three youngest siblings
Into an orphanage was her wish.

Immediately following
The Pearl Harbor attack.
He joined the U.S. Marines
Because of age was sent back.

Legal age he joined the Army
At Camp Wolters basic training.
His baby face and youthfulness
The commander was complaining.

Insisting Murphy be a cook
A combat soldier was Audie’s wish.
After thirteen weeks of basic
He made the advanced infantry list.

Murphy did not see combat
Until July of forty-three.
The Third Infantry Division
Liberating Sicily.

Instinctive skills for combat
Now decorated for valor.
From Italy then into France
To return their flag and colors.

German troops feigning surrender
Killed his best friend Lattie Tipton.
This set Murphy in a rage
He wiped out the enemies position.

That was Audie Leon Murphy
He was a living legend then.
The most decorated soldier
Of ALL American men.

A true hero for his country
To his family and his friends.
The achievements to his name
The list seems to never end.

At home he was a champion
In the movies and on TV.
May twenty-eight in seventy-one
His name will live historically.

 

 
AUTHOR NOTES*

 

June 20, 1924, May 28, 1971  Audie_Murphy
While on a business trip on May 28,1791 (Memorial Day Weekend), flying in bad weather with a pilot unqualified to fly on instruments, Murphy’s private plane crashed into Brush Mountain, near Catawba, Virginia some 20 miles west of Roanoke. The pilot and all five passengers, including Murphy, were killed. Audie Murphy was 46 years old. In 1974, a large granite memorial marker was erected near the crash site.
On June 7, 1971, Audie Murphy was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. A small walkway leads to his final place of rest in Section 46, located near the Amphitheater. It is the second most-visited gravesite, second only to President John F. Kennedy‘s grave.
Military awards: The most decorated soldier in American History!
Medal of Honor – Distinguished Service Cross- Legion of Merit Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device and First Oak Leaf Cluster
Silver Star with First Oak Leaf Cluster- Good Conduct Medal
Purple Heart with Second Oak Leaf Cluster
U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal -American Campaign Medal
Presidential Unit Citation (US) with First Oak Leaf Cluster
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landings at Sicily and Southern France) –World War II Victory Medal -Combat Infantryman Badge
Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp- Armed Forces Reserve Medal –
Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar- Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar
French Fourragère  in Colors of the Croix de guerre -French Legion of Honor
French Croix de guerre with Silver Star –French Croix de guerre with Palm
French Croix de guerre with Palm-French Liberation Medal -Belgian Croix de guerre with Palm-Badge of the 159th French Alpine Infantry Regiment (Honorary award for Heroic Action in the Colmar Campaign)
For those asking, What is an Oak Leaf Cluster?
http://www.answers.com/topic/oak-leaf-cluster

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landings at Sicily and Southern France) -World War II Victory Medal -Combat Infantryman Badge
Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp- Armed Forces Reserve Medal –
Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar- Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar
French Fourragère  in Colors of the Croix de guerre -French Legion of Honor
French Croix de guerre with Silver Star -French Croix de guerre with Palm
French Croix de guerre with Palm-French Liberation Medal -Belgian Croix de guerre with Palm-Badge of the 159th French Alpine Infantry Regiment (Honorary award for Heroic Action in the Colmar Campaign)
For those asking, What is an Oak Leaf Cluster?
http://www.answers.com/topic/oak-leaf-cluster 

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