Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy

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in Kingston, Hunt County, Texas, The United States
June 20, 1925

May 28, 1971



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Audie Murphy was born into a large sharecropper family in Hunt County, Texas. The seventh of twelve children. His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was a teenager. Murphy dropped out of school in fifth grade to pick cotton and find other work to help support his family, and his skill with a hunting rifle was a necessity for feeding them. His older sister helped him to falsify documentation about his birth date to meet the minimum-age requirement for enlisting in the military.

Audie Murphy enlisted in the United States Army at 16 in 1942. He was 5'5" and weighted 110 pounds. Murphy had attempted to to join the Marines and Navy first, but was turned down due to his small size.

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“No soldier ever really survives a war.”
Audie Murphy

“Now comes the picture of mass defeat, the most awesome spectacle of the war. It is in the bent bodies of old women who poke among ruins seeking some miserable object that will link their lives with the old days. It is in the shamed darting eyes of the defeated. It is in the faces of the little boys who regard our triumphant columns with fear and fascination. And above all it is in the thousands of beaten, dusty soldiers who stream along the roads towards the stockades. Their feet clump wearily, mechanically, hopelessly on the still endless road of war. They move as haggard, gray masses, in which the individual had neither life nor meaning. It is impossible to see in these men the quality that made them stand up and fight like demons out of hell a few shorts months ago.”
Audie Murphy, To Hell and Back

“Let each man hear his own music and live by it. The drums roll one way for one man, and another way for another. You have to listen for your own.”
Audie Murphy


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