Audie Murphy awarded Texas Legislative Medal of Honor
Governor Rick Perry will formally present the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor posthumously to Major Audie L. Murphy on October 29, 2PM in a public ceremony in Farmersville, Texas. The award will be accepted by Murphy’s sister, Mrs. Nadine Murphy-Lockey.
Murphy was America’s “most decorated” World War II combat soldier, earning an unprecedented thirty-three decorations, medals and citations, including the US Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and a Purple Heart. Throughout his military career he received every valor decoration the service awarded at that time and some of them he received twice.
After the war, Audie Murphy appeared in over 50 films, spanning a 21-year career — most notably playing himself in the 1955 autobiographical war film To Hell and Back (based on his 1949 memoirs) which set a box-office record for Universal which wasn’t broken until Jaws was released in 1975.
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