Details for Audie Murphy's Homecoming, June 15, 1945 (Atlas Number 5507015321)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507015321

Data

Marker Number 15321
Atlas Number 5507015321
Marker Title Audie Murphy's Homecoming, June 15, 1945
Index Entry Murphy, Audie, Homecoming
Address
City Farmersville
County Collin
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 746199
UTM Northing 3672511
Subject Codes World War II
Marker Year 2008
Designations
Marker Location 200 Block McKinney St.
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Audie Murphy's Homecoming June 15, 1945 With Allied victory in World War II Europe secured, Farmersville celebrated the return of the area's most famous citizen soldier. On his 18th birthday, Audie Murphy enlisted in the U.S. Army at the Greenville Post Office. In more than two years of combat, he fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and France and earned every Army citation for valor, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. His homecoming drew an audience of several thousand to the town square. Life Magazine's July 16, 1945 issue made the Farmersville ceremony and Murphy's family reunion its cover story, commemorating the efforts of a grateful nation and hometown. (2008)