Remembering Audie Murphy WWII Medal of Honor Recipient & Actor…

by | Jun 5, 2024

US Army troops landing at Anzio in Operation Shingle — on 22 January 1944.

“During the war, many Hollywood actors served their country with distinction, at home and in combat, men like James Stewart, Clark Gable, and a host of others. But Audie Murphy was more than just a Hollywood star—he was one of the most decorated American soldiers of World War II.”

https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-ii/1944/anzio.html

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/audie-murphy-more-than-hero-star.html?andro=1&facebookbrowser=1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzio

Anzio, Italy

“Well known for its seaside harbour setting, it is a fishing port and a departure point for ferries and hydroplanes to the Pontine Islands of PonzaPalmarola, and Ventotene. The town bears great historical significance as the site of Operation Shingle, a crucial landing by the Allies during the Italian Campaign of World War II.”

It was Audie Murphy who singlehandedly fought back 100s of German soldiers in the Anzio fight. The motion picture in the YouTube clip above depicts the story, staring Audie Murphy.

I remember him fondly as a kid, a real life hero, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism. He kept the German’s from moving forward to capture the town.

The additional time made way for aircraft support to stop this eminent threat. Audie killed around 240 German infantry before air support arrived.

Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier in WWII. He served with honor, duty and pride on D Day on the beaches of Normandy like thousands of veterans.

As an actor, he was pretty good, as I recall. Kinda a John Wayne sort of rough tough gun fighter on the right side of the law.

Never forget the heroism of veterans of all wars who protected our freedoms to this day.

Steve Sparks CEO
Children and Families in Life After Trauma (CFLAT)

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Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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