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60. Audie Murphy: An American War Hero
Audie Murphy is the most decorated American war
in the history of the United States military.
was honored with every award available during his
in the army during World War II. He
won awards for heroism from two foreign governments,
and France. His military record is impressive, as
fought successfully in some of the most dangerous,
historic battles during the great war. Murphy also
success after the war as an actor who
in several films.
Murphy was born into a
large family in Hunt, Texas. He was one
12 children, and grew up in abject poverty.
father deserted his family; his mother died at
young age, so Murphy dropped out of school
get work. Murphy held a series of odd
from an early age to help the family
, but eventually realized that a military life was
best course to take.
After the Japanese attack
Pearl Harbor, Murphy knew he needed to be
the military to defend his country, but he
not yet old enough to enlist legally. With
help of one of his older sisters, who
provide him with false records, Murphy enlisted into
Army at the age of 17. It wasn't
before Murphy began making his name in the
. He first saw action in the invasion of
, and was involved in the liberation of Rome.
became famous for leading his men into a
while he was wounded, and out of ammunition.
won several awards for valor.
After the war,
launched a successful Hollywood career. His most notable
was playing himself in the epic movie classic
Here to Eternity, which was based on his
. Murphy starred in several western-themed films. He died
the age of 46 in a plane crash
the state of Virginia.