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Old 06-27-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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I missed this I guess but when it came in my email today I had to share it with you. I know how many veterans we have that will appreciate this.

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Not many young people know who Audie Murphy was or how big a war hero
> he was. Two or three of the medals he earned would make most service men
> proud but to have earned his decorations in battle is truly unbelievable.
>Now to find out that his widow was also most certainly a hero.
>Truly fantastic.
>
> *Audie & **Pam** Murphy*
> *List of Decorations for Audie Murphy.*
> Medal of Honor
> Distinguished Service Cross
> Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)
> Legion of Merit
> Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster and Valor device)
> Purple Heart (with two oak leaf clusters)
> [image: UArmy Outstanding Civilian Service Medal Ribbon.jpg]
> U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
> U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal
> Presidential Unit Citation (with First Oak Leaf Cluster)
> American Campaign Medal
> European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with One
> Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and
> one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern
> France)),
> World War II Victory Medal
> Army of Occupation Medal (with Germany Clasp)
> Armed Forces Reserve Medal
> French Fourragère in Colors of the Croix de guerre
> French Legion of Honor - Grade of Chevalier
> French Croix de guerre (with Silver Star),
> French Croix de guerre (with Palm)
> Medal of Liberated France
> Belgian Croix de guerre (with 1940 Palm)
> Additionally, Murphy was awarded:
>
> - |[image: Combat Infantry Badge.svg] the *Combat Infantry Badge*,
> - *Marksman Badge* with Rifle Bar,
> - *Expert Badge* with Bayonet Bar
>
> *Isn't it sad the media can tell us all about the BAD
> that goes on, but ignores the GOOD people. If a movie star or politician
> stubs their toe we have to hear about it for days!!!*
> Scroll down
> **
>
>
> (From the Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010)
>
> Pamela Murphy, widow of WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, died
> peacefully at her home on April 8, 2010. She was the widow of the most
> decorated WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, and established her own
> distinctive 35 year career working as a patient liaison at the Sepulveda
> Veterans Administration hospital, treating every veteran who visited the
> facility as if they were a VIP.
>
> Any soldier or Marine who came into the hospital got the same
> special treatment from her. She would walk the hallways with her clipboard
> in hand making sure her boys got to see the specialist they needed.
>
> If they didn't, watch out. Her boys weren't Medal of Honor
> recipients or movie stars like Audie, but that didn't matter to Pam. They
> had served their country. That was good enough for her. She never called a
> veteran by his first name. It was always "Mister." Respect came with the
> job.
> "Nobody could cut through VA red tape faster than Mrs. Murphy," said
> veteran Stephen Sherman, speaking for thousands of veterans she befriended
> over the years. "Many times I watched her march a veteran who had been
> waiting more than an hour right into the doctor's office. She was even
> reprimanded a few times, but it didn't matter to Mrs. Murphy. "Only her
> boys mattered. She was our angel."
>
> Audie Murphy died broke in a plane crash in 1971, squandering
> millions of dollars on gambling, bad investments, and yes, other women.
> "Even with the adultery and desertion at the end, he always remained my
> hero," Pam told me.
>
> She went from a comfortable ranch-style home in Van Nuys where she
> raised two sons to a small apartment - taking a clerk's job at the nearby
> VA to support herself and start paying off her faded movie star husband's
> debts. At first, no one knew who she was. Soon, though, word spread through
> the VA that the nice woman with the clipboard was Audie Murphy's widow. It
> was like saying General Patton had just walked in the front door. Men with
> tears in their eyes walked up to her and gave her a hug.
>
> "Thank you," they said, over and over.
>
> The first couple of years, I think the hugs were more for Audie's
> memory as a war hero. The last 30 years, they were for Pam.
>
> One year I asked her to be the focus of a Veteran's Day column for
> all the work she had done. Pam just shook her head no.
>
> "Honor them, not me," she said, pointing to a group of veterans down
> the hallway. "They're the ones who deserve it."
>
> The vets disagreed. Mrs. Murphy deserved the accolades, they said.
> Incredibly, in 2002, Pam's job was going to be eliminated in budget cuts.
> She was considered "excess staff." "I don't think helping cut down on
> veterans' complaints and showing them the respect they deserve, should be
> considered excess staff," she told me. Neither did the veterans. They went
> ballistic, holding a rally for her outside the VA gates. Pretty soon, word
> came down from the top of the VA. Pam Murphy was no longer considered
> "excess staff."
>
> *She remained working full time at the VA until 2007 when she was 87.
> *
>
> "The last time she was here was a couple of years ago for the
> conference we had for homeless veterans," said Becky James, coordinator of
> the VA's Veterans History Project. Pam wanted to see if there was anything
> she could do to help some more of her boys. Pam Murphy was 90 when she died
> last week. What a lady.
>
> Dennis McCarthy, Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010 ~

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Old 06-27-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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I missed this I guess but when it came in my email today I had to share it with you. I know how many veterans we have that will appreciate this.

--------------------------------------------------


Not many young people know who Audie Murphy was or how big a war hero
> he was. Two or three of the medals he earned would make most service men
> proud but to have earned his decorations in battle is truly unbelievable.
>Now to find out that his widow was also most certainly a hero.
>Truly fantastic.
>
> *Audie & **Pam** Murphy*
> *List of Decorations for Audie Murphy.*
> Medal of Honor
> Distinguished Service Cross
> Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)
> Legion of Merit
> Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster and Valor device)
> Purple Heart (with two oak leaf clusters)
> [image: UArmy Outstanding Civilian Service Medal Ribbon.jpg]
> U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
> U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal
> Presidential Unit Citation (with First Oak Leaf Cluster)
> American Campaign Medal
> European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with One
> Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and
> one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern
> France)),
> World War II Victory Medal
> Army of Occupation Medal (with Germany Clasp)
> Armed Forces Reserve Medal
> French Fourragère in Colors of the Croix de guerre
> French Legion of Honor - Grade of Chevalier
> French Croix de guerre (with Silver Star),
> French Croix de guerre (with Palm)
> Medal of Liberated France
> Belgian Croix de guerre (with 1940 Palm)
> Additionally, Murphy was awarded:
>
> - |[image: Combat Infantry Badge.svg] the *Combat Infantry Badge*,
> - *Marksman Badge* with Rifle Bar,
> - *Expert Badge* with Bayonet Bar
>
> *Isn't it sad the media can tell us all about the BAD
> that goes on, but ignores the GOOD people. If a movie star or politician
> stubs their toe we have to hear about it for days!!!*
> Scroll down
> **
>
>
> (From the Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010)
>
> Pamela Murphy, widow of WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, died
> peacefully at her home on April 8, 2010. She was the widow of the most
> decorated WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, and established her own
> distinctive 35 year career working as a patient liaison at the Sepulveda
> Veterans Administration hospital, treating every veteran who visited the
> facility as if they were a VIP.
>
> Any soldier or Marine who came into the hospital got the same
> special treatment from her. She would walk the hallways with her clipboard
> in hand making sure her boys got to see the specialist they needed.
>
> If they didn't, watch out. Her boys weren't Medal of Honor
> recipients or movie stars like Audie, but that didn't matter to Pam. They
> had served their country. That was good enough for her. She never called a
> veteran by his first name. It was always "Mister." Respect came with the
> job.
> "Nobody could cut through VA red tape faster than Mrs. Murphy," said
> veteran Stephen Sherman, speaking for thousands of veterans she befriended
> over the years. "Many times I watched her march a veteran who had been
> waiting more than an hour right into the doctor's office. She was even
> reprimanded a few times, but it didn't matter to Mrs. Murphy. "Only her
> boys mattered. She was our angel."
>
> Audie Murphy died broke in a plane crash in 1971, squandering
> millions of dollars on gambling, bad investments, and yes, other women.
> "Even with the adultery and desertion at the end, he always remained my
> hero," Pam told me.
>
> She went from a comfortable ranch-style home in Van Nuys where she
> raised two sons to a small apartment - taking a clerk's job at the nearby
> VA to support herself and start paying off her faded movie star husband's
> debts. At first, no one knew who she was. Soon, though, word spread through
> the VA that the nice woman with the clipboard was Audie Murphy's widow. It
> was like saying General Patton had just walked in the front door. Men with
> tears in their eyes walked up to her and gave her a hug.
>
> "Thank you," they said, over and over.
>
> The first couple of years, I think the hugs were more for Audie's
> memory as a war hero. The last 30 years, they were for Pam.
>
> One year I asked her to be the focus of a Veteran's Day column for
> all the work she had done. Pam just shook her head no.
>
> "Honor them, not me," she said, pointing to a group of veterans down
> the hallway. "They're the ones who deserve it."
>
> The vets disagreed. Mrs. Murphy deserved the accolades, they said.
> Incredibly, in 2002, Pam's job was going to be eliminated in budget cuts.
> She was considered "excess staff." "I don't think helping cut down on
> veterans' complaints and showing them the respect they deserve, should be
> considered excess staff," she told me. Neither did the veterans. They went
> ballistic, holding a rally for her outside the VA gates. Pretty soon, word
> came down from the top of the VA. Pam Murphy was no longer considered
> "excess staff."
>
> *She remained working full time at the VA until 2007 when she was 87.
> *
>
> "The last time she was here was a couple of years ago for the
> conference we had for homeless veterans," said Becky James, coordinator of
> the VA's Veterans History Project. Pam wanted to see if there was anything
> she could do to help some more of her boys. Pam Murphy was 90 when she died
> last week. What a lady.
>
> Dennis McCarthy, Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010 ~
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:37 PM   #3
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I saw every Audie Murphy i could when I was a kid. liked his stylish drawl.
His achievements as a man overshadow his failings as a human being.

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When I was a kid around 1955 he star'd in his own movie. The only time my father went to the movies with me. I didn't know about Pam's life other than Audie didn't adjust well to his fame.
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Thanks Doug. Mrs. Murphy was a hero too!
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Originally posted by Hemi Ogre:
Thanks Doug. Mrs. Murphy was a hero too!
That's the way I see it too John.
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