Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Audie Murphy’s wife dies

Everybody knows about Audie Murphy, America most decorated Hero, but few people know about Pam Murphy, who died this year at age 90.

Pamela Murphy was a hero in her own right, spending decades helping injured war veterans, including Audie who suffered from PTSD:

“He had emerged from the crucible of war, but he had not emerged unchanged. He had seen men die—ripped apart by machine guns, run over by tanks, obliterated by mortar fire. He had killed many men himself, supposedly accounting for 240 Germans single-handedly”.

“She worked as VA 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.”

About Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy (the most decorated U.S. soldier in history) won almost every US medal for heroism, including the Silver Star, which he won twice.

Murphy was the real-deal war hero, and it was national news when the photogenic little scrapper (Audie was not very tall), played himself in the 1955 smash hit move “To Hell and Back”, a really, really great movie, especially when you know that Murph is playing himself!

Audie Murphy

If you every See Audie playing himself in the movie “To Hell and Back”. There will be no question, Audie Murphy was America’s great war hero:

But unfortunately, Audie also abandoned his family and committed adultery on Pam, not exactly heroic . . .

Tell me, where are today’s heroes’?