Details for Audie Murphy (Atlas Number 5231007820)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5231007820


Marker Number 7820
Atlas Number 5231007820
Marker Title Audie Murphy
Index Entry Murphy, Audie
City Celeste
County Hunt
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 761543
UTM Northing 3687004
Subject Codes World War II; military topics
Marker Year 1973
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location US 69 at Kingston St.
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Most decorated soldier in World War II. Born 4.5 miles south, June 20, 1924, sixth of nine children of tenant farmers Emmett and Josie Killian Murphy. Living on various farms, Audie Murphy went to school through the 8th grade in Celeste -- considered the family's home town. He had to quit school to help support the family, acquiring marksmanship skills by hunting to provide food. On his 18th birthday, after being rejected by the Marines because of his size (5 feet, 7 inches; 130 pounds), he enlisted in the Army while working in Greenville. For unusual courage and bravery, he received 24 decorations, including the U. S. Congressional Medal of Honor; the French Legion of Honor, Chevalier: the Distinguished Service Cross; and a Silver Star. After the war he became a successful actor, his most prominent role portraying himself in the film "To Hell and Back," his war career autobiography. Following his untimely death in a plane crash in Virginia, May 28, 1971, and burial in Arlington National Cemetery, the U. S. Congress paid him a final tribute, dedicating a new veterans' hospital in San Antonio to the memory of this American hero. Survived by widow Pamela, sons Terry and James. (1973)