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Buy As Gift. Overview "Highly relevant today, World War II has much to teach us, not only about the profession of arms, but also about military preparedness, global strategy, and combined operations in the coalition war against fascism. During the next several years, the U. Army will participate in the nation's 50th anniversary commemoration of World War II.
The commemoration will include the publication of various materials to help educate Americans about that war. The works produced will provide great opportunities to learn about and renew pride in an Army that fought so magnificently in what has been called "the mighty endeavor. The following essay is one of a series of campaign studies highlighting those struggles that, with their accompanying suggestions for further reading, are designed to introduce you to one of the Army's significant military feats from that war.
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Murphy died in a plane crash in Virginia in shortly before his 46th birthday, and was interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. As a child, Murphy was a loner with mood swings and an explosive temper. Murphy dropped out of school in fifth grade and got a job picking cotton for a dollar a day to help support his family; he also became skilled with a rifle, hunting small game to help feed them. After his mother died of endocarditis and pneumonia  in , he worked at a radio repair shop and at a combination general store, garage and gas station in Greenville.
After the war, he bought a house in Farmersville for his oldest sister Corinne and her husband Poland Burns. His other siblings briefly shared the home. Murphy had always wanted to be a soldier, and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December , he tried to enlist,  but the Army, Navy and Marine Corps all turned him down for being underweight and underage.
After his sister provided an affidavit falsifying his birth date by a year, he was accepted by the U. Army on 30 June Murphy was shipped to Casablanca in French Morocco on 20 February Murphy participated in the September mainland Salerno landing at Battipaglia. Murphy and the other survivor responded by killing five Germans with hand grenades and machine-gun fire.
In January , Murphy was promoted to staff sergeant.
Murphy received the Distinguished Service Cross   for action taken on 15 August , during the first wave of the Allied invasion of southern France. He retrieved a machine gun that had been detached from the squad and returned fire at the German soldiers, killing two and wounding one. Murphy advanced alone on the house under direct fire. He killed six, wounded two and took eleven prisoner.
Murphy's first Purple Heart was for a heel wound received in a mortar shell blast on 15 September in northeastern France. When his men finally took the hill, 15 Germans had been killed and 35 wounded. Murphy captured two before being shot in the hip by a sniper; he returned fire and shot the sniper between the eyes. At the 3rd General Hospital at Aix-en-Provence ,  the removal of gangrene from the wound caused partial loss of his hip muscle and kept him out of combat until January. The Germans scored a direct hit on an M10 tank destroyer , setting it alight, forcing the crew to abandon it.
He sustained a leg wound during his stand, and stopped only after he ran out of ammunition.
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He insisted on remaining with his men while his wounds were treated. On 16 February, Murphy was promoted to first lieutenant  and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service from 22 January to 18 February Belgium awarded Murphy the Belgian Croix de guerre with Palm. Brigadier General Ralph B. Lovett and Lieutenant Colonel Hallet D. Edson recommended Murphy for the Medal of Honor. When asked after the war why he had seized the machine gun and taken on an entire company of German infantry, he replied, "They were killing my friends. Army for his World War II service. Inquiries were made through official channels about the prospect of Murphy attending West Point upon his return to the United States, but he never enrolled.
Murphy had been plagued since his military service with insomnia and bouts of depression, and slept with a loaded pistol under his pillow. His medical records indicated that he took sleeping pills to help prevent nightmares. In an effort to draw attention to the problems of returning Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, Murphy spoke out candidly about his own problems with posttraumatic stress disorder. He called on the government to give increased consideration and study to the emotional impact of combat experiences, and to extend health care benefits to war veterans. Phinney were the 36th's commander and deputy commander respectively.
After the 25 June commencement of the Korean War , Murphy began a second military career and was commissioned as a captain in the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard. Murphy was promoted to the rank of major by the Texas Army National Guard in and returned to inactive status in Throughout an acting career spanning from to , Murphy made more than 40 feature films and one television series. Cagney and his brother William signed him as a contract player for their production company and gave him training in acting, voice and dance.
He wrapped up that year making Sierra starring Wanda Hendrix, who by that time had become his wife,  and Kansas Raiders as outlaw Jesse James. Murphy worked with Siegel one more time in for The Gun Runners. Although Murphy was initially reluctant to appear as himself in To Hell and Back , the adaptation of his book directed by Jesse Hibbs , he eventually agreed;  it became the biggest hit in the history of Universal Studios at the time. Joseph L. The partnership fell into disagreement over the remaining two projects, and Brown filed suit against Murphy.
During the early s, Murphy donated his time and otherwise lent his name and image for three episodes of The Big Picture television series produced by the United States Army. He received the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his cooperation in the episode Broken Bridge , which featured his visits to military installations in Germany, Italy, Turkey and the U. Willingham and his wife Mary Willingham befriended Murphy in his early days in Hollywood and worked with him on a number of projects. Willard was a producer on Murphy's television series Whispering Smith.
Murphy married actress Wanda Hendrix in The aircraft was recovered on 31 May. In attendance were Ambassador to the U. George H. A special flagstone walkway was later constructed to accommodate the large number of people who visit to pay their respects. It is the cemetery's second most-visited grave site, after that of President John F.
The headstones of Medal of Honor recipients buried at Arlington National Cemetery are normally decorated in gold leaf.
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Murphy previously requested that his stone remain plain and inconspicuous, like that of an ordinary soldier. Civilian honors were bestowed on Murphy during his lifetime and posthumously, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Swedish power metal band Sabaton wrote a song on their studio album, Heroes , also named "To Hell and Back", commemorating and recognizing Audie Murphy as one of the most decorated American veterans of World War II.
David "Spec" McClure, his collaborator on the book To Hell and Back , discovered Murphy's talent for poetry during their work on the memoir when he found discarded verses in Murphy's Hollywood apartment.
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The latter was part of a speech Murphy had written at a dedication of the Alabama War Memorial in Montgomery , and later set to music by Scott Turner under the title "Dusty Old Helmet". Murphy was a fan of country music, in particular Bob Wills and Chet Atkins , but was not a singer or musician himself. Audie Murphy Not to be confused with Eddie Murphy.
Audie Murphy photographed in wearing the U. Army khaki "Class A" tropical service uniform with full-size medals. Army Reserves. First Lieutenant U. Major Texas Army National Guard. Main article: Military career of Audie Murphy. Main article: Audie Murphy honors and awards.
Army version of the Medal of Honor.