|Murphy Kids in rural Texas - Audie Leon on right|
|Audie Murphy 2nd from left, Co B, 1st Battalion, |
15th Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, US Army
Following his recovery from his wounds now 1st Lt Murphy was reassigned to a staff position for the remainder of his tour of duty. He received his discharge papers after VE Day on September 21, 1945. During his less than three years as a combat soldier Audie Murphy had received every possible combat decoration possible in the army – some of them multiple times.
|A recreated scene of Audie Murphy's Medal of Honor heroics in "To Hell and Back. |
See the footage of Audie playing Audie Here
In perhaps one of his most heroic acts, in the 1960’s Audie Murphy began to speak about his struggles with what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He had been plagued by PTSD (then called combat fatigue or shell shock) ever since the war. It was a taboo subject for the military, and to have the most decorated member of the Greatest Generation openly talk about his personal trials was unprecedented. Murphy became an advocate for Korean and Vietnam veterans who struggled with PTSD, raising awareness and funding for improved medical treatment. Murphy described his struggles, which included nightmares, insomnia, rage, gambling problems and a short addiction to sleeping pills this way,
|Odd publicity shot of Murphy and family on the Peter Pan ride at|
|Audie Murphy in 1961|
|Audie Murphy in the late 1960's|
On May 28, 1971 Audie Murphy was on a small plane with five other passengers that crashed in zero visibility weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, VA. There were no survivors. He was 45 years old. Audie Murphy was buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Per his request his tombstone was not decorated with the customary gold emblem of a Medal of Honor winner. He was just a soldier. And that was enough.
|Marker where Audie Murphy's plane went|
down near Roanoke, VA
|Your blogger at Arlington November 2012|
I first saw Audie Murphy's grave on the same seventh grade school patrol trip that first took me to JFK’s grave. I try to see it every time I go back.