Audie Murphy

Medal of Honor-winning + Highly Decorated American Wwii Soldier; Later Became An Actor
Born Jun 20, 1925

Audie Leon Murphy was one of the most famous and decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He served in the European Theater of Operations where he earned the Medal of Honor and several other decorations for combat heroism including combat decorations from France and Belgium. Murphy became a celebrated Hollywood actor after the war for over two decades, appearing in 44 films, mostly westerns. He also had some success as a country music composer.… Read More

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1925 Birth Born on June 20, 1925.


1941 16 Years Old Murphy had always wanted to be a soldier, and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, he tried to enlist, but the Army, Navy and Marine Corps all turned him down for being underweight and underage.
1942 17 Years Old After his sister provided an affidavit falsifying his birth date by a year, he was accepted by the U.S. Army on 30 June 1942. … Read More
1943 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Murphy was shipped to Casablanca in French Morocco on 20 February 1943. … Read More
In January 1944, Murphy was promoted to staff sergeant. … Read More


Brigadier General Ralph B. Lovett and Lieutenant Colonel Hallet D. Edson recommended Murphy for the Medal of Honor. Near Salzburg, Austria on 2 June 1945, Lieutenant General A.M. Patch presented Murphy with the Medal of Honor and Legion of Merit for his actions at Holtzwihr. … Read More
1947 - 1948 2 More Events
Hollywood writer David "Spec" McClure befriended Murphy, collaborating with him on Murphy's 1949 book To Hell and Back. … Read More
1950 25 Years Old His first film for them was as Billy the Kid in The Kid from Texas in 1950. … Read More
1952 27 Years Old The only film Murphy made in 1952 was The Duel at Silver Creek with director Don Siegel. … Read More
1953 28 Years Old In 1953, he starred in Frederick de Cordova's Column South, and played Jim Harvey in Nathan Juran's Tumbleweed, an adaptation of the Kenneth Perkins novel Three Were Renegades. … Read More
1954 29 Years Old George Marshall directed Murphy in the 1954 Destry, a remake of Destry Rides Again, based on a character created by author Max Brand.


1955 - 1959 3 More Events
1960 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Thelma Ritter was his costar in the 1960 Startime television episode "The Man". … Read More
1961 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Writer Clair Huffaker wrote the 1961 screenplays for Murphy's films Seven Ways from Sundown and Posse from Hell. … Read More
1964 39 Years Old He collaborated on Bullet for a Badman in 1964 and Arizona Raiders in 1965. … Read More


1966 41 Years Old Murphy made Trunk to Cairo in Israel in 1966. … Read More
1968 43 Years Old In 1968, he stated that he lost $260,000 in an Algerian oil deal and was dealing with the Internal Revenue Service over unpaid taxes. … Read More
…  As a result of legislation introduced by U.S. Congressman Olin Teague five months after Murphy's death in 1971, the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio, now a part of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, was dedicated in 1973.
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