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No soldier ever really survives a war.
— Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy was an American soldier, actor, and songwriter. He is widely regarded as one of the most decorated combat soldiers of World War II. He was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II.

Murphy was born on June 20, 1925 in in Kingston, Texas to a poor sharecropping family. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, at the age of 17, he attempted to enlist in the military but was initially rejected due to his young age and small stature. However, in 1942, he managed to join the United States Army.

Murphy's military career was nothing short of extraordinary. He fought in numerous campaigns across Europe as part of the 3rd Infantry Division and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually reaching the rank of Second Lieutenant. Murphy's most notable action occurred on January 26, 1945, near Holtzwihr, France, in the Colmar Pocket. He single-handedly held off a German counterattack for an hour while wounded and low on ammunition, directing artillery fire and inflicting heavy casualties. His courage and leadership saved his men and earned him the Medal of Honor. Throughout his military service, Murphy received an astonishing 28 awards and decorations, becommin the most decorated soldiers in American history.

After the war, Murphy transitioned to a successful acting career in Hollywood. Some of his notable movies include To Hell and Back, based on his own autobiography, and The Red Badge of Courage. Murphy's performances were widely praised, and he became a beloved figure in the entertainment industry. In addition to his acting career, Murphy was also an accomplished songwriter. He wrote several country and western songs, including the popular hit Shutters and Boards.

Despite his fame and success, Murphy struggled with PTSD throughout his life. He used his platform to raise awareness about the challenges faced by veterans and became an advocate for improved mental health services for soldiers. On May 28, 1971, at the age of 45, Audie Murphy died in a plane crash in Virginia.

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