Audie Murphy's wife...
What a beautiful Lady
Audie was only 46 years old when he died in a
helicopter crash in the Virginia Mts. He was
bothered when he came back from the war and it really
affected his life.
Not many young people know who Audie Murphy was
or how big a war hero he was. Two or three of the medals he earned
would make most service men proud, but to have earned his decorations
in battle is truly unbelievable.
Now to find out that his widow was also most
certainly a hero. Truly fantastic.
List of Decorations for Audie Murphy:
Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star (with oak leaf cluster and Valor
Purple Heart (with two oak leaf
Outstanding Civilian Service
U.S. Army Good
Presidential Unit Citation (with First Oak
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
(with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine
Campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault
landing atSicily and Southern France )
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal (with Germany Clasp)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
French Fourrage in Colors of the Croix de Guerre
French Legion of Honor - Grade of
French Croix de guerre (with Silver Star),
French Croix de guerre (with Palm)
Medal of Liberated France
Belgian Croix de guerre (with 1940 Palm)
Additionally, Murphy was awarded:
the Combat Infantry¬ Marksman badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar.
Isn't it sad the media can tell us all about the BAD that goes on, but ignores the
If a movie Star or politician stubs their toe we
have to hear about it for Days!!!
(From the Los Angeles Times on April 15, 2010)
Pamela Murphy, widow of WWII hero and actor,
Audie Murphy, died peacefully at her home on April 8, 2010. She was the
widow of the most decorated WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, and
established her own distinctive 35 year career working as a
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. "Many times I watched her march
a veteran who had been waiting more than an hour right into the
She was even reprimanded a few times, but it
didn't matter to Mrs. Murphy. Only her
boys mattered. She was our angel."
Audie Murphy died broke in a plane crash in 1971.
Pam told me.
She went from a comfortable ranch-style home in Van Nuys where she
raised two sons to a small apartment - taking a clerk's job at the
nearby VA to support herself. At first, no one knew who she was. Soon,
though, word spread through the VA that the nice woman with the
clipboard was Audie Murphy's widow. It was like saying General Patton
had just walked in the front door. Men with tears in their eyes walked
up to her and gave her a Hug.
"Thank you," they said, over and over.
The first couple of years, I think the hugs were
more for Audie's memory as a war hero. The last 30 years, they were for
One year I asked her to be the focus of a
Veteran's Day column for all the work she had done. Pam just shook her
head no. "Honor them, not me," she said, pointing to a group
of veterans down the hallway. "They're the ones who deserve it."
The vets disagreed. Mrs. Murphy deserved the
accolades, they said. Incredibly, in 2002, Pam's job was going to be
eliminated in budget cuts. She was considered "excess staff."
"I don't think helping cut down on veterans' complaints and showing
them the respect they deserve should be considered excess staff," she
Neither did the veterans. They went ballistic,
holding a rally for her outside the VA gates. Pretty soon, word came
down from the top of the VA. Pam Murphy was no longer considered
She remained working full time at the VA until
2007 when she was 87.
"The last time she was here was a couple of years
ago for the conference we had for homeless veterans," said Becky James,
coordinator of the VA's Veterans History Project. Pam wanted to see if
there was anything she could do to help some more of her boys. Pam
Murphy was 90 when she died. What a lady.
Dennis McCarthy, Los
Angeles Times on April
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IN GOD WE TRUST.