Donald R. McClarey

January 26, 1945: Audie Murphy Earns Medal of Honor

  The real heroes are dead. Audie Murphy When Audie Murphy starred in his aptly titled World War II biopic, To Hell and Back, his battlefield exploits were downplayed.  Partially this was due to Murphy’s modesty, he had not wanted to appear

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January 26, 1945: Audie Murphy Earns Medal of Honor

The real heroes are dead. Audie Murphy When Audie Murphy starred in his aptly titled World War II biopic, To Hell and Back, his battlefield exploits were downplayed.  Partially this was due to Murphy’s modesty, he had not wanted to appear in

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January 26, 1945: Audie Murphy Earns Medal of Honor

The real heroes are dead. Audie Murphy When Audie Murphy starred in his aptly titled World War II biopic, To Hell and Back, his battlefield exploits were downplayed.  Partially this was due to Murphy’s modesty, he had not wanted to appear in the

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Returning Soldiers: It’s Your America

The Army during World War II had training films for everything including demobilization.  This one, Returning Soldiers: It’s Your America, stars actor Arthur Kennedy who spent his war making training films for the Army Air Corps.  This film told the returning troops

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To Hell and Back

“I never liked being called the ‘most decorated’ soldier. There were so many guys who should have gotten medals and never did– guys who were killed.” Audie Murphy   Today would be the 88th birthday of Audie Murphy if he had not

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Red Badge of Courage

He had been to touch the great death, and found that, after all, it was but the great death. He was a man. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane I recently was watching The Red Badge of Courage, (1951)

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Audie Murphy on What’s My Line

Audie Murphy’s appearance on the  What’s My Line television show on July 3, 1955.   It is striking to me how well-mannered and modest he was.  Compare and contrast with the behavior of many modern celebrities. 

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Dogface Soldier

Something for the weekend.  Dogface Soldier, the theme song for the Third Infantry Division, Audie Murphy’s division, during World War II and today.

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Audie Murphy: American Hero

“I never liked being called the ‘most decorated’ soldier. There were so many guys who should have gotten medals and never did– guys who were killed.” Audie Murphy In the Fifties actor Audie Murphy achieved stardom, mainly in Westerns.  Murphy

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