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The most decorated soldier of World War II, Audie Leon Murphy was born to Texas sharecroppers in 1924. He joined the army as a private in 1942, shortly after his 18th birthday. Throughout his three years of active service, Murphy fought with the 3rd Infantry Division in nine major campaigns in the European theatre. He received every medal the Army had to offer including two Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts. He received the Medal of Honor for his valor repelling six German tanks and their supporting infantry near Holtzwihr, France. Murphy also received five medals from France and Belgium. While rising to the rank of Second Lieutenant, Murphy killed over 240 Germans and single-handedly eliminated a tank. He was deactivated on September 21, 1945. After the war, he became nationally known for both his wartime heroism and his leading role in films. Audie L. Murphy is and will remain one of America’s most heroic sons.

Past Award Recipients
2009 – The Men of the USS Mason
2009 – Senator Bob Dole
2009 – Clarence “Bud” Anderson
2008 – Major League Baseball Veterans of World War II
2007 – The 442nd Regimental Combat Team
2006 – The Doolittle Raiders
2005 – Lieutenant General Harry W. O. Kinnard, USA-Ret

Photos of Recipients