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Audie Leon Murphy

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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  46-366-11 

BORN:  June 20, 1924 at Kingston, TX

Entered Service in the US Army from Dallas, TX

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on January 26, 1945 at Holtzwihr, France

DIED:  May 28, 1971 at the age of 46

Second Lieutenant Murphy's company was attacked by six tanks and waves of infantry. He ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, he climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machinegun against the enemy. Alone and exposed to German fire from three sides, his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their attack to waver. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to kill Lieutenant Murphy, but he held his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans came close as ten yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack.

 

 

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