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To Hell And Back (Remembering Audie Murphy, June 20, 1925 - May 28, 1971)
http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey

Posted on 06/21/2014 6:56:27 AM PDT by NKP_Vet

Today would be the 88th birthday of Audie Murphy if he had not died in a plane crash, fittingly enough on Memorial Day weekend, forty-three years ago.

In the Fifties actor Audie Murphy achieved stardom, mainly in Westerns. Murphy looked like a typical Hollywood “pretty boy” but he was anything but. From a family of 12 in Texas, he was the sixth child, Murphy had dropped out of school in the fifth grade to help support his dirt poor family after his worthless father ran off. His mother died in 1941. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army at 16, lying about his birthday, partially to help support his younger brothers and sister and partially because he dreamed of a military career. He served with the Third Infantry Division in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. By the end of the War, just before his 19th birthday, he was a First Lieutenant and had earned, in hellish combat, a Medal of Honor, a Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, a Legion of Merit, a French Legion of Honor, a French Croix de Guerre, a Belgian Croix de Guerre, two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts. He was the most decorated soldier of the US Army in World War 2. Here is his Medal of Honor Citation which helps explain why Murphy entitled his war memoir To Hell and Back:

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“I never liked being called the ‘most decorated’ soldier. There were so many guys who should have gotten medals and never did–guys who were killed.”

Audie Murphy

http://www.audiemurphy.com/

1 posted on 06/21/2014 6:56:27 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

RIP Audie. And thanks.


2 posted on 06/21/2014 7:00:32 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: NKP_Vet
"Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire."

Considering that he was using a .50 caliber, they were mowed down and put through a wood chipper.

3 posted on 06/21/2014 7:05:44 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: NKP_Vet

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001559/?ref_=nv_sr_1


4 posted on 06/21/2014 7:10:23 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: NKP_Vet; skinkinthegrass; onedoug; 2ndDivisionVet; ConorMacNessa; zot; PROCON; Alamo-Girl; ...

NKP, Thank you for the reminder of this valiant and humble soldier’s birth 88 years ago.

His memory and spirit remains alive in the US Army via the “Sergeant Audie Murphy Club” to which outstanding soldiers are nominated.

See these two websites:

http://www.audiemurphy.com/samc.htm

http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/about/AudieMurphy/audidocs/audidocs/USAWCSAMCStudyGuide.pdf


5 posted on 06/21/2014 7:10:28 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: NKP_Vet
As a result of the Anzio Landing, Audie Murphy hated General Mark Clark, whom he personally blamed for the deaths of many of his friends and comrades. One story I have read was, Murphy was to give Clark a tour of a movie studio as a publicity stunt for the movie. “To Hell and Back”.
Story goes Murphy made Clark wait while he had lunch or worked or something like that. Told that he was ‘keeping the GENERAL waiting’, Murphy responded, Let the Son of a Bitch wait, I have the Medal. Murphy did understand the protocol for the Medal of Honor.
6 posted on 06/21/2014 7:23:55 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: NKP_Vet

I remember reading “To Hell and Back” in high school. What a different place America was then.


7 posted on 06/21/2014 7:27:01 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: NKP_Vet
Most movies exaggerate the exploits of the heroes. After watching To Hell and Back recently, I reread Murphy's Medal of Honor Citation and came to the same conclusion as the author of the article.

His battlefield exploits were toned down, partially out of modesty by Murphy, but also because the reality of what he did would have seemed simply unbelievable on the screen.

8 posted on 06/21/2014 7:40:11 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: NKP_Vet

I saw one of his uniforms in a museum in Texas. He was tiny.


9 posted on 06/21/2014 7:40:55 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Cynicism is a far greater spiritual danger than naivete." ~ Stephen Webb)
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To: NKP_Vet

God bless little Audie, the real life “Little Big Man”


10 posted on 06/21/2014 7:49:02 AM PDT by Bobalu (What cannot be programmed cannot be physics)
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To: Tax-chick
I saw one of his uniforms in a museum in Texas. He was tiny.

A truly great American. Tried to join the Corps but was rejected due to age and weight.


11 posted on 06/21/2014 7:59:28 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: NKP_Vet
I remembered when all of Lt. Murphy's awards, uniforms, weapons and memorabilia was on display in Willie Nelson's little museum across from the Opryland Hotel. I was stunned that this heroic man's personal items were in a small tourist museum and not at the Smithsonian or a major Army museum. They have since been moved.
12 posted on 06/21/2014 8:01:21 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Tax-chick
I saw one of his uniforms in a museum in Texas. He was tiny.

He tried to enlist in the Marine Corps first. USMC said that at five foot five and 110 pounds he was too small. Next Audie Murphy tried the Navy with the same results. Finally he tried the Army which took him.

Audie Murphy on right

13 posted on 06/21/2014 8:05:34 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: NKP_Vet

And everyone show your kids Audie’s classic film “The Red Badge of Courage” directed by John Huston. He and Bill Mauldin are both touching and funny as two silly young boys who are forced to become men.

Also, his other gem “The Unforgiven,” also directed by Huston in which Audie plays a racist cowboy - he’s terrific. Huston always called Murphy “his killer angel.”

He never really got treated for serious PTSD which led to trouble with alcohol and violence and gambling. He actually borrowed money from the Mob to fund his gambling. Poor man.


14 posted on 06/21/2014 8:17:50 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: NKP_Vet
“I never liked being called the ‘most decorated’ soldier. There were so many guys who should have gotten medals and never did – guys who were killed.”
Same thing the three surviving Iwo Jima flag raisers said - the real heroes were the ones who didn't make it.
15 posted on 06/21/2014 8:35:04 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: miss marmelstein
He never really got treated for serious PTSD ...

Few veterans of his generation did.

16 posted on 06/21/2014 8:35:24 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Cynicism is a far greater spiritual danger than naivete." ~ Stephen Webb)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping and the links. May he rest in peace.


17 posted on 06/21/2014 8:43:00 AM PDT by zot
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To: Tax-chick

There’s another fine film called “Captain Newman, M.D.” which starred Gregory Peck as a shrink dealing with “shell-shocked” vets. So there was some acknowledgement of psychiatric problems after WWII. And the British attempted to treat shell shocked victims during WWI - well, when they were not executing soldiers for cowardice, lol.


18 posted on 06/21/2014 8:52:16 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: NKP_Vet

Can you imagine the swishy “actors” we have now doing what Audy and other combat veteran actors had to do? Those guys were real men. What we have now are trendies and metro-sexuals. pathetic.


19 posted on 06/21/2014 8:52:19 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: WKUHilltopper

There’s a video I saw of Murphy being interviewed in the 60s about his war experiences. The interviewer tried his best to get Audie to talk about his battles and medals and what it was like being a hero. Murphy would have no part of it. The only thing he said about the war was he had a lot of buddies killed and they were the heroes. The interviewer asked him what was he remembered most about the war. Without hesitation Murphy said “the day it ended”. He also did a lot for the VA, especially on PTSD, addressing Congress a couple of times, trying to get more funding for PTSD. He slept with a pistol under his pillow to the day he died. RIP Lt Murphy. Your name should be in the dictionary when someone looks up the definition of a man.


20 posted on 06/21/2014 9:15:57 AM PDT by NKP_Vet ("Truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself")
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To: NKP_Vet
Form the end of his book, "To Hell and Back":
When I was a child, I was told that men were branded by war. Has the brand been put on me? Have the years of blood and ruin stripped me of all decency? Of all belief?

Not of all belief. I believe in the force of a hand grenade, the power of artillery, the accuracy of a Garand. I believe in hitting before you get hit, and that dead men do not look noble.

But I also believe in men like Brandon and Novak and Swope and Kerrigan; and all the men who stood up against the enemy, taking their beatings without whimper and their triumphs without boasting. The men who went and would go again to hell and back to preserve what our country thinks right and decent.


21 posted on 06/21/2014 9:22:32 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro.)
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To: NKP_Vet

Thank you for a great post.


22 posted on 06/21/2014 9:43:33 AM PDT by Shark24
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To: NKP_Vet
Thanks NKP good post....You never see a true hero bragging about what he did.

The best line in the movie was - Kerrigan: [after a jumpy Murphy shoots at his own image in a mirror] "Man, that's the first time I ever seen a Texan beat himself to the draw. "

23 posted on 06/21/2014 10:09:54 AM PDT by virgil283 (GOD loves you...'He's not mad....He's not even in a bad mood'...)
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To: miss marmelstein

Someone posted recently that we shouldn’t talk about Post-Traumatic Stress “Disorder,” but simply about Post-Traumatic Stress, because effects of some kind are the norm, rather than the exception.


24 posted on 06/21/2014 11:38:46 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Cynicism is a far greater spiritual danger than naivete." ~ Stephen Webb)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping and the links!


25 posted on 06/21/2014 8:16:17 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: NKP_Vet

Thanks for this post. I enjoyed remembering Audie.


26 posted on 06/21/2014 8:47:20 PM PDT by jch10 (The Democrat mascot shouldnÂ’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.)
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