Audie Murphy Movies and Career Information

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Jun 20, 1924

Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 – May 28, 1971) was the most decorated American soldier of World War II and a celebrated movie star for over two decades in the post-war era, appearing in 44 films. He also found some success as a country music composer. Murphy became the most decorated United States soldier of the war during twenty-seven months in action in the European Theatre. He received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest award for valor, along with 32 additional U.S. and foreign medals and citations, including five from France and one from Belgium. Murphy's successful movie career included To Hell and Back (1955), based on his book of the same title (1949). He died in a plane crash in 1971 and was interred, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery. Murphy was born in Kingston, Hunt County, Texas, to Emmett Berry Murphy and Josie Bell Killian who were of Irish descent, poor sharecroppers, and grew up on farms between Farmersville and Greenville, as well as near Celeste, Texas. Murphy was the sixth of twelve children, two of whom died having not reached adulthood. The Murphy children included, in order: Corinne, Charles Emmett "Buck", Vernon, June,

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