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Military Awards

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Medal of Honor

Date Earned:         26 January 1945

Date Awarded:     2 June 1945

Presented By:        Lieutenant General Alexander Patch

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Distinguished Service Cross

Date Earned:         15 August 1944
Date Awarded:     5 March 1945
Presented By:        Major General William O'Daniel

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Silver Star

Date Awarded:     2 October 1944 (1st Award)
Date Awarded:     5 October 1944 (2nd Award)
Devices:                 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Legion of Merit

Date Awarded:     2 June 1945
Presented By:        Lieutenant General Alexander Patch

Rank               Date                           Component
             PVT          June 30, 1942                AD

             PFC          May 7, 1943                   AD

             CPL          July 15, 1943                 AD

             SGT          December 13, 1943     AD

             SSG           January 13, 1944          AD
             2LT           October 14, 1944         AD
             1LT           February 16, 1945        AD
             1LT          August 21, 1945            USAR

             CPT         June 14, 1950                 NG (TX)
             CPT         October 19, 1950          NG (TX)
             MAJ         February 14, 1956        NG (TX)
             MAJ         November 8, 1966        USAR
             MAJ         May 22, 1969                  USAR (Ret)

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Unit Awards

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Bronze Star

Date Awarded:    4 March 1945 (1st Award)
Date Awarded:    11 December 1954 (2nd Award)
Devices:                  "V" for valor device (first award only)
                                  Oak Leaf Cluster

Distinguished Unit Emblem

Current Name:          Presidential Unit Citation
Unit (1st Award):      1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
Unit (2nd Award):    3rd Infantry Division

 

Foreign Awards

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French Fourrager

Country:               France

Date Awarded:    20 February 1945

Presented By:General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny 

Criteria:         Direct support of military operations during the Battle of the Colmar Pocket.

Decorations

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Combat Infantry Badge

Date Awarded:          8 May 1944

 

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Marksmanship Badge

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Expert Marksmanship Badge

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Purple Heart

Date Earned:        15 September 1944 (1st Award)
Date Earned:        26 October 1944 (2nd Award)
Date Earned:        25 January 1945 (3rd Award)
Devices:                 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

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Outstanding Civilian Service Medal

Date Awarded:    7 November 1961 

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Good Conduct Medal    
Date Awarded:    22 August 1945

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American Campaign Medal
Criteria:       Awarded for service within the American Theater between 7 December 1941 and 2 March 1946 while on permanent OCONUS assignment

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French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier

Country:               France

Date Awarded:    19 July 1948

Presented By:       General de Lattre de Tassigny

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Croix de Guerre

Country:               France

Date Earned:        16 April 1945 (1st Award)

Date Awarded:    19 September 1945

Presented By:       Brigadier General W. A. Collier

Date Earned:        19 July 1948 (2nd Award)

Date Awarded:    19 September 1948

Presented By:       General de Lattre de Tassigny

Devices:                 Silver Star (1st Award)

                                 Palm (2nd Award)

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Croix de Guerre

Country:               Belgium

Date Awarded:    10 December 1955

Devices:                 Palm

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European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Devices:        1 Silver Battle Star:    
                        3 Bronze Battle Stars
                        1 Bronze Service Arrowhead

Criteria:       Awarded for service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater between 7 December 1941 and 8 November 1945.

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World War II Victory Medal
Criteria:       Awarded for military service between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946.

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Army of Occupation Medal
Criteria:       Awarded for 30 consecutive days service at a normal post of duty while assigned to the Army of Occupation of Germany between 9 May 1945 and 5 May 1955.

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Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Criteria:       Award for honorable service for a period of 10 years, within a 12 consecutive year period of time, to military personnel in the Reserve or National Guard.

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Texas Legislative Medal of Honor
Approved:    2013 (Posthumously)

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Medal of Liberated France

Country:               France

Awarded:              1947

Citation For Medal of Honor Recipient Audie L. Murphy

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RankSecond Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Organization: Company B, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division

Place and Date: Near Holtzwihr France, 26 January 1945.

Entered Service At: Dallas, Tex. Birth: Hunt County, near Kingston,

Tex. G.O. No.65, 9 August 1945.

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CITATION: 2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective.

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