If you’ve never met Audie Murphy, you might want to meet him. This month’s contribution to the Blog of Funny Names.
Born Audie Leon Murphy on June 20, 1925, he was the seventh of twelve children. He grew up on a farm, share cropping, near Kingston, Texas. His father abandoned the family and his mother died when he was 16 leaving him an orphan.
During World War II at age 17, his sister helped him falsify documents about his age so he could joined the Army because the Marine Corp turned him down for being underweight. During his three years at war he earned anywhere from 24 to 33 decorations (no two sources agreed on this), becoming the most decorated American combat veteran of World War II. Earning most of his metals by the age of 20, he didn’t know until the Army announced it at a surprise banquet when he returned home.
Among his decorations were the Metal of Honor—for single-handedly standing off six German tanks and 250 infantrymen; two…
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