Every time I go to Arlington National Cemetery I made a point to stop and see the grave of Audie Murphy. It is located a short stroll from the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. Audie Murphy received every available combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army for his actions in World War II. Murphy received the Medal of Honor for valor demonstrated by holding off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar in France in January 1945, and then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition. Murphy was only 19 at the time.
After the war he began a career in the movies- his most famous movie being “The Red Badge of Courage.” He had a number of problems- including posttraumatic stress disorder and in his later years had severe money problems. Even though he had the money problems he refused to appear in any commercials promoting alcohol or tobacco because he didn’t want to set a bad example. He died in a plane crash in Virginia shortly before his 46th birthday on May 28th, 1971. I can pinpoint my second visit to Washington, D.C. around that time- my grandparents took me there and on our Arlington Cemetery Tour- the guide pointed out Audie Murphy’s grave saying that there is the grave of Audie Murphy who died several weeks ago.