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Old April 14th, 2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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audie murphy

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.

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Old April 14th, 2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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at the height of the US ww2 draft, audie murphy was turned down by every other branch of the military as too small, weak and frail for combat service until he was accepted by the army. He spent much of basic training in the hospital from reacting to the innoculations he was given. he was sea sick on the boat to africa, once there he promptly got malaria and was hospitalized. his commander offered to make him a cook or something because he was so sickly.
Once audie got into combat he excelled as a killing machine.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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audie was actually his middle name, which he didn't use until his hollywood days. His first name was Leon.

Audie grew up in Texas, the oldest of I forget how many children left at home with his mom after his father, a drunk, ran off. Audie dropped out of school in the 6th grade to support the family by working at a neighbor's ranch. He made enough to buy one bullet a day. every day after work he would hunt. if he missed with his one bullet, no meat for the family that night. After his mother took sick and died the state took his brothers and sisters into foster care and audie joined the army.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 07:53 PM   #4
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When I was six years old, my parents took me to see "To Hell and Back," based on Audie Murphy's autobiography, and he starred as himself in the film.

I was SO impressed. Coming out of the movie, I excitedly told my mom and dad "I could do that. I want to do that."

I had a great desire for a military career, read everything I could find on WWII, applied to Annapolis, wanting to be a submarine skipper or a fighter pilot, and then Vietnam happened.

In high school I was on the debate team, and the VN war was a common debate topic. I always hoped I would draw being pro-VN war.

Long story short, by the time I got to college, I'd met plenty of men who'd served in VN, enlisted and officers, and it was a sophomore English teacher whose stories finally convinced me that this wasn't a war in which I was willing to offer up my life.

WWII would have been a different matter altogether.
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Audie Murphy suffered from severe PTSD.
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Old April 15th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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PTSD

during his hollywood years, audi was on tour promoting a movie. a shortage at a hotel caused audie to have to share a room. Audie's roommate was woken during the night bu audie having a bad dream. audie pounded his fists against the wall until his hands were bleeding.

At one point Audie became addicted to drugs trying to deal with his ptsd. after enuf of that Audie locked himself in a room and went cold turkey until he was off. I don't know which drugs.
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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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Later, when they got some relief time in Rome Audie's man got some orders from some back line officer who thought they were looking sloppy to spend some time practicing parade marching and drills. Audie told him no and dismissed the men. Audie got busted back to private for a while for that.
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Audie sufferred from what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)and was plagued by insomnia and depression. During the mid-60's he became dependent for a time on doctor prescribed sleeping pills called Placidyl. When he recognized that he had become addicted to this prescription drug, he locked himself in a motel room, stopped taking the sleeping pills and went through withdrawal symptoms for a week. Always an advocate for the needs of veterans, he broke the taboo about discussing war related mental problems after this experience. In a effort to draw attention to the problems of returning Korean and Vietnam War veterans, Audie Murphy spoke-out candidly about his personal problems with PTSD, then known as "Battle Fatigue". He publicly called for United States government to give more consideration and study to the emotional impact war has on veterans and to
extend health care benefits to address PTSD and other mental health problems of returning war vets.

While on a business trip on May 28, 1971, (Memorial Day Weekend) he was killed at the age of 46. A private plane flying in fog and rain crashed in the side of a mountain near Roanoke, Virginia. Five others including the pilot were also killed. Although Audie owned and flew his own plane earlier in his career at Hollywood, he was among the passengers that tragic day.

On June 7th, Audie Murphy was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. His gravesite, near the Amphitheater, is second most visited gravesite year round. President Kennedy's grave is the most visited. In 1996 the Texas Legislature officially designated his birthday, June 20th, as Audie Murphy Day. On June 9, 1999 Governor George W. Bush, Texas made a similar proclation declaring June 20th to officially be Audie Murphy Day in the state of Texas.

Audie Murphy (American Hero)
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Old April 16th, 2013, 11:24 AM   #10
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audie murphy's autobiographical movie, to hell and back, held box office records that stood from 1949 until 1971 when the first Jaws movie was released.
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