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Lieutenant Audie Murphy

On October 18, 1942, Private Audie L. Murphy arrived at Fort Meade to begin advanced infantry training. He was assigned to Company K, 385th Infantry Regiment, where he learned the skills that would come to serve him so well in combat. Always a good shot, Murphy spent hours on Meade's ranges, improving his marksmanship. While here, he also obtained many weekend passes, enabling him to travel to Baltimore, Washington, and New York City. For a young man from rural Texas, these trips proved to be exciting and enriching. On January 23, 1943, Private Murphy left Ft. Meade and reported to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.

He served in combat with the 3rd Infantry Division and earned a battlefield commission to 2nd Lieutenant. During his three years of active service, Murphy became the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. All told, he was wounded three times, fought in nine major campaigns in Europe, and earned 15 awards and decorations, including the Medal of Honor.

2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer ... and employed its' .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver ... For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank.

From Medal of Honor Citation, Second Lieutenant Audie L. Murphy

Audie Murphy died on May 28, 1971 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. By his consistently outstanding service, Lieutenant Audie Murphy demonstrated a commitment to all the Army values.

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