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Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier of WW2, he received 33 commendations while serving in the

15th Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division of Gen George Patton's 3rd Army. He wasn't very big and looked a bit

like a sissy said Ed Kantz who served with Murphy Through Italy, France and Germany.

Here's a list of Audie Murphy's commendations:

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster

Bronze Star with "V" and Oak Leaf Cluster

U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal

Good Conduct Medal

Distinguished Unit Emblem

American Campaign Medal

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)

Army of Occupation with German Clasp

Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Combat Infantryman Badge

Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar

French Fourragere

French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier

French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star

French Croix de Guerre with Palm

Medal of Liberated France

After the war, actor Jimmy Cagney brought Murphy to Hollywood. Were he had parts in 44 films.

Murphy was killed in a plane crash with six other people when the plane hit a moutain in fog near Roanoke,Va

he was 46 years old.

Murphy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His grave is the second most visited grave site in the cemetery,

second only to President John F. Kennedy's.


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Audie Murphy playing himself in the film (To Hell and Back ) 1955.


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He was also the most decorated soldier of any war fought in American History.

After his death his wife revealed that after WW2, he had suffered from ( Post Dramatic Stress Disorder )

suffering from recurring  nightmares, hearing unknown voices and had difficulty sleeping, he had to

sleep with the lights on. he suffered that much that he converted his garage into a bedroom so he would

not disturbed  his family, he also kept a loaded revolver under his pillow.

I'm sure many other soldiers suffered from the same.

Here's a  documentary who was sergeant Alvin C York & Audie l Murphy ( well worth watching ).


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Thanks for sharing this Colin, I didn't know allot about Audie Murphy, it reminds me of a quote by Richard Winters. 

“War brings out the worst and the best in people. Wars do not make men great, but they do bring out the greatness in good men. War is romantic only to those who are far away from the sounds and turmoil of battle. For those of us who served in Easy Company, and for those who served their country in other theaters, we came back as better men and women as a result of being in combat, and most would do it again if called upon. But each of us hoped that if we had learned anything from the experience it is that war is unreal, and we earnestly hoped that it would never happen again.”


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