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The most decorated American Soldier of World War II “Audie Murphy ” that was born 20-June-1924 at Kingston, Hunt County, Texas. He served the U.S Army from 1942 to 1945 and served as Texas National Guard from 1950 to 1966.
He received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest award for valor, along with 32 additional U.S. and foreign medals and citations,including five from France and one from Belgium.He became the most decorated U.S soldier of the war during twenty-seven months in action in the European Theater. He also credited with destroying six tanks in addition to killing over 240 German soldiers and wounding and capturing many others.
He not only awarded by U.S but also French government awarded him with its highest award, the Legion of Honor “Grade of Chevalier” and two more croix de guerre medals, and the Croix de guerre 1940 Palm from government of Belgium.
He also celebrated as movie star for over two decades in the post-war era, appearing in 44 films. His successful movie career included To Hell and Back in 1955, based on his book of the same title in 1949.
On 28-May1971 near Catawba, Virginia, 20 miles west of Roanoke his private plane crashed into Brush Mountain in this crash he died, on 7-June-1971 he was buried with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery.
Decorations List of Audie Murphy:
- Medal of Honor
- Distinguished Service Cross
- Bronze oak leaf cluster
- Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)
- Legion of Merit
- Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster and Valor device)
- Purple Heart (with two oak leaf clusters)
- Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award
- U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal
- Presidential Unit Citation (with oak leaf cluster)
- American Campaign Medal
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with one silver service star & four bronze service stars, representing nine campaigns, and one bronze arrowhead, representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France)
- World War II Victory Medal
- Army of Occupation Medal (with Germany Clasp)
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal
- French Legion of Honor – Grade of Chevalier
- French Croix de guerre (with Silver Star)
- French Croix de guerre (with Palm)
- Medal of Liberated France
- Belgian Croix de guerre (with 1940 Palm)
- French Fourragère in Colors of the Croix de guerre
- Combat Infantry Badge
- Marksman Badge with Rifle Component Bar
- Expert Badge with Bayonet Component Bar
write by Vincent