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This is Audie Murphys life story At the tender age of 12 he becomes the head of the family after his father deserts them He joins the army at the age of 18 and through the course of the war is decorated for valor nine times thus becoming the most decorated combat soldier in World War II Audie does one of the bravest acts any soldier ever did during the war He climbs aboard a burning tank destroyer and single handedly keeps the enemy from advancing on his position He spends almost an hour on top of the tank destroyer until his ammunition is exhausted Seconds later after climbing off the tank destroyer it explodes For this action Audie receives the Medal of Honor CAPT INF TEX NG Federal Recognition14 July 50MAJ INF TEX NG Federal Recognition14 Feb 56Audie L Murphy enlisted in the Army of the United States 30 June 1942 at Dallas Texas and was sent to Camp Wolters Texas for basic training After serving with Company K 385th Infantry at Fort George G Meade Maryland since October 1942 he departed the United States 8 February 1943 for duty in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations While serving as a Staff Sergeant with Company B 15th Infantry he was honorably discharged 13 October 1944 and accepted a combat appointment as a second lieutenant in the Army of the United States on 14 October 1944 He then served as Platoon Leader and Company Commander with the 15th Infantry Regiment to August 1945 Upon his return to the United States in September 1945 he was sent to Fort Sam Houston Texas where he accepted a commission as first lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps on 21 August 1945 and was released from active duty on 21 September 1945 He was Federally recognized as Captain National Guard of the United States on 19 October 1950 On 14 February 1956 he was Federally recognized as Major National
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