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Old April 16th, 2013, 01:17 PM   #11
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audie murphy is the most decorated combat soldier in the history of the US military.

per the instructions of his will his tombstone at arlington is identical to the other troops, but one thing makes it different. on each tombstone is listed to awards that soldier was awarded for their service. on audie's tombstone they used both sides and ran out of room.

Audie died in a plane crash in the early seventies i think.
Thanks for writing this about Audie. As a noted scholar on the life and legacy of Audie Murphy I need to point out a couple of clarifications "for the record".

Audie was not the "most decorated combat soldier in American history" he was however, the "most decorated combat soldier" of World War Two.
This is mainly due to the massive number of new military medals that did not exist in WWII.

There were no instructions in the will of Audie Murphy pertaining to his desire for a particular type of headstone. The headstone placed was at the request of his spouse/children who said at the time that Audie desired the same type of simple headstone as a regular soldier.
As to his will I will quote here his desire regarding his funeral, which in itself is interesting and shows the caliber of man he truly was.

"I direct my Executor to take all necessary steps to arrange for a graveside burial with only my sons in attendance and my wife Pamela, if at the time of my decease she is still my wife."
"It is my express direction that no others shall be present at my burial, it being specifically intended to exclude any and all public officials and/or military personnel therefrom."
"I further limit my Executor in the amount of money it may expend for funeral expenses to an amount not in excess of medium priced funerals prevailing at the time of my death, and to that end the Executor will conform to my wishes to have a simple, plain, ordinary burial."
"To that end, I do not mean to be disrespectful to anyone, but, rather would prefer to have an unpretentious, unelaborate burial."
"It is my hope and expectation that during my lifetime I will have impaired to my sons such strength and character that they will have the solitude of their own thoughts at my graveside at the time of my death, without interference from any other source."


As to Audie's headstone, it is not engraved on both sides with his decorations.
That would not be in keeping the humble, quiet, noble gallant soldier and person that he was.
His headstone is simply inscribed as can be seen/read in the attached photo.
On a final thought, normally Recipients of the Medal of Honor do have a rather unique distinctive headstone with a gold embossed Medal of Honor engraved into the stone.
According to family, again Audie wanted his headstone to be simple just like ordinary soldiers and his headstone is not embossed in the gold style as is typical of recipients of the Medal of Honor, and simply to display a Christian cross.

Thanks for letting me clarify and thanks for writing he post to help remember Audie.


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Old April 17th, 2013, 07:36 AM   #12
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when filming the movie, "the unforgiven", (no relation to later eastwood film), audie was on a break fishing on a boat. Don't know the circumstances, but somehow the boat was swamped and sank. Floundering in the water Audie was rescued from drowning by a lady photographer who was at the lake to take pictures of ducks. Audie , who took part in multiple amphibious landings during the war, had never learned to swim.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 07:41 AM   #13
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rick rescorla, at the time of his death, was trying to sell to filmmakers a movie script to do an update movie biography of the life of audie murphy.

you likely don't know who rick rescorla was, but you should. decorated army vet of the vietnam war, hero and casualty of sept 11. I would guess he likely saved more lives that awful day than other single person.
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Thanks, for all of these posts about Audie.
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Audie was srgt and his unit was camped out north of rome keeping an eye on germans during winter in Italy. Winter there was mostly cold rain. A new recruit showed up while they were camped. a big guy, well over 6 ft. audie ordered him to bury a dead cow near their post so the smell wouldn't stink up the area. the big private looked at the cold rain, the dead cow, the babyfaced pipsqueak srgt and said "no".
Audie beat that guy to the ground and pounded his face into the mud.
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That by the way is a true story. I know someone who was present when that event took place. He has verified the veracity of the story.

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Old April 17th, 2013, 08:52 AM   #16
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the bad dream audie had in the hotel room was a recurring one. the rifle that he carried for much of the war was damaged by artillery fire. he had wrapped wire around the stock to hold it together. In his dream, audie would be fighting to hold a hill with germans advancing all around and the rifle would keep falling apart in his hands.

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you may have seen in a movie sometime a scene where two snipers are seeking each other out thru their telescopic sites. and then the snipers focus on each other, one fires first, hitting the other sniper in the eye , right thru the site. Audie did that.
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in his work as movie star, audie had to wear, (no not lifts, but likely those as well), no audie had to wear padding to make his butt look symmetrical, half his ass was gone from war injuries.
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I am the Administrator of the Audie Murphy Presidential Medal of Freedom Petition Campaign.
For those who do not know the Presidential Medal of Freedom is our Nation's highest civilian honor, awarded by the President to those who have made significant contributions to the National Security of America or for other significant cultural endeavors. There have only been a few hundred awarded since its inception.
In any case, I am now preparing to close and submit the petition to the White House for consideration.
Over the next 5 days I will be placing short YouTube videos here that will detail through photographic slideshow the many VIP's who have signed the petition. Simply click the link below to see the video.
The video will also explain how/where to sign the petition. I ask that if you feel that Audie is worthy to please sign the petition (no anonymous), and share the link and ask your friends to sign so that Audie might get this final honor from our Nation.
Here is the first video detailing the many high visibility government officials who have personally hand signed and endorsed the petition, including Senator Bob Dole. If anyone has any questions pertaining to the petition, you may pose them here or send hem through private message.


Audie Murphy Pres. Medal of Freedom (Government Officials) Endorsements - YouTube


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thanks for the link, and cool to learn so many of audie's movies are available online.
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