This article is about the military and civilian honors of Audie Murphy. For details on his life and military career, see Audie Murphy. Photo: Audie Murphy in full dress U.S. Army uniform Audie Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated United States Army combat soldiers of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1945. He received every American combat award for valor available at the time of his service, including the Medal of Honor.
He also received recognitions from France and Belgium. With his 1945 military discharge at the end of the war, Murphy became an advocate of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans.
The Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Clubs (SAMC) on military bases honor his contributions.
He joined the Texas National Guard in 1950, transferring to reserve status in 1956 and remaining in the Guard until 1969. He also had a civilian career as a film actor and songwriter. Recognitions he received both during his lifetime and posthumously are listed on WikiPedia: Audie Murphy.
Murphy participated in campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany, as denoted by his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one silver battle star (denoting five campaigns), four bronze battle stars, plus a bronze arrowhead representing his two amphibious assault landings at Sicily and southern France.
On 25 February 1945 and 3 March 1945, he received two Silver Stars for further heroic actions.
The French government awarded Murphy its Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and two Croix de guerre medals. He received the Croix de guerre 1940 Palm from Belgium. The military assisted him with replacement medals after he gave away the originals. Duplicates of his Medal of Honor and other medals can be viewed at Dallas Scottish Rite Temple museum.
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Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to some one here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine. Our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who have been ill and were old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days gone by. The animals are happy and content...except for one small thing, they miss someone very special to them...the one who was left behind.
They all run and play together until the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. It's bright eyes are intent. Suddenly it begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, it's legs carrying it faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands caress the beloved head and you look into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from hour heart....
Then, you cross Rainbow Bridge into Heaven together.
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