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Roles and Sacrifices of Individual American Soldiers
Audie Murphy the highest decorated soldier of WWII
Introduction
Early Life <ul><li>Born Audie Leon Murphy, June 20, 1924 </li></ul><ul><li>Was born the sixth of twelve children </li></ul...
Early Life <ul><li>Was an expert with the .22 rifle by nine years of age </li></ul><ul><li>Dropped out of school to suppor...
Military Career <ul><li>Was turned down by all the services except the army </li></ul><ul><li>Had to fight the system to g...
North Africa <ul><li>Assigned B Co. 1 st  Bn. 15 th  Inf. Rgmt. 3 rd  I.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Saw no action but practiced e...
Liberation of Sicily <ul><li>First encounter with death kills two Italian officers trying to flee on horse back </li></ul>...
Invasion of Italy <ul><li>Distinguished himself in combat on many occasions in Italy. Fighting included the Anzio Beachhea...
Invasion of Southern France <ul><li>August 15, 1944 </li></ul><ul><li>Lattie Lipton, KIA </li></ul><ul><li>Murphy destroys...
Following the Invasion <ul><li>Receives Silver Stars for Valor for two more heroic acts </li></ul><ul><li>Murphy is promot...
Holtzwihr, France <ul><li>Receives CMH </li></ul><ul><li>Attack by six tanks and waves of infantry  </li></ul><ul><li>Murp...
Post War Illness <ul><li>Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) </li></ul><ul><li>Plagued by insomnia, bouts of depression,...
Post War Life <ul><li>Actor James Cagney invites Audie out to Hollywood </li></ul><ul><li>Next few years are hard for Audi...
On the home front <ul><li>Murphy bought a house for his sister Corinne and husband </li></ul><ul><li>The idea was for Bill...
Service to veterans <ul><li>Audie always spoke out about the effects of PTSD and used his fame to promote the welfare of h...
Final Chapter <ul><li>Audie was killed May 28, 1971 at the age of 46. </li></ul><ul><li>The plane crashed in the side of a...
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Roles And Sacrifices Of Individual American Soldiers

  1. 1. Roles and Sacrifices of Individual American Soldiers
  2. 2. Audie Murphy the highest decorated soldier of WWII
  3. 3. Introduction
  4. 4. Early Life <ul><li>Born Audie Leon Murphy, June 20, 1924 </li></ul><ul><li>Was born the sixth of twelve children </li></ul><ul><li>To two poor sharecroppers Emmett and Josie Murphy </li></ul><ul><li>Father deserted the family in 1936 never to return </li></ul>
  5. 5. Early Life <ul><li>Was an expert with the .22 rifle by nine years of age </li></ul><ul><li>Dropped out of school to support family </li></ul><ul><li>At age 12 was hired to pick cotton for a dollar a day </li></ul><ul><li>After mother died decided to join the service </li></ul>
  6. 6. Military Career <ul><li>Was turned down by all the services except the army </li></ul><ul><li>Had to fight the system to get into combat </li></ul>
  7. 7. North Africa <ul><li>Assigned B Co. 1 st Bn. 15 th Inf. Rgmt. 3 rd I.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Saw no action but practiced extensively in amphibious landings </li></ul>
  8. 8. Liberation of Sicily <ul><li>First encounter with death kills two Italian officers trying to flee on horse back </li></ul><ul><li>Contracts malaria and is put in hospital for several weeks </li></ul>
  9. 9. Invasion of Italy <ul><li>Distinguished himself in combat on many occasions in Italy. Fighting included the Anzio Beachhead </li></ul>
  10. 10. Invasion of Southern France <ul><li>August 15, 1944 </li></ul><ul><li>Lattie Lipton, KIA </li></ul><ul><li>Murphy destroys several Germany positions single handedly </li></ul><ul><li>Receives Distinguished Service Cross </li></ul>
  11. 11. Following the Invasion <ul><li>Receives Silver Stars for Valor for two more heroic acts </li></ul><ul><li>Murphy is promoted to 2 nd LT. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Holtzwihr, France <ul><li>Receives CMH </li></ul><ul><li>Attack by six tanks and waves of infantry </li></ul><ul><li>Murphy orders men back and holds ground while calling in artillery and laying down cover fire with 50 .cal </li></ul>
  13. 13. Post War Illness <ul><li>Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) </li></ul><ul><li>Plagued by insomnia, bouts of depression, and nightmares related to countless bloody battles </li></ul><ul><li>Slept with pistol under pillow </li></ul><ul><li>Held wife at gunpoint </li></ul>
  14. 14. Post War Life <ul><li>Actor James Cagney invites Audie out to Hollywood </li></ul><ul><li>Next few years are hard for Audie </li></ul>
  15. 15. On the home front <ul><li>Murphy bought a house for his sister Corinne and husband </li></ul><ul><li>The idea was for Billie, Nadine and Joe to live in the house instead of staying in the orphanage. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Service to veterans <ul><li>Audie always spoke out about the effects of PTSD and used his fame to promote the welfare of his fellow veterans. </li></ul><ul><li>He consistently urged the federal government to fund research into the condition. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Final Chapter <ul><li>Audie was killed May 28, 1971 at the age of 46. </li></ul><ul><li>The plane crashed in the side of a mountain in bad weather near Catawba, VA. Consequently the pilot was not trained to fly in bad weather all members on board were killed </li></ul>
  18. 18. The End

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