Perry to present posthumous medal to WWII hero

10/29/2013

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry will travel to a small North Texas town to present the state's honor to World War II hero Audie Murphy.

Perry will be in Farmersville on Tuesday afternoon to bestow the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor posthumously on Murphy.

Murphy was one of the most decorated soldiers in U.S. history, and his portrait hangs in the Texas House of Representatives chamber.

Born in Hunt County, Murphy joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served with the 3rd Infantry Division in Europe and Mediterranean. He earned all but one of the U.S. medals for valor and was decorated by France and Belgium.

He went on to a film acting career before dying in a plane crash in Virginia in 1971 a month before his 47th birthday.

  


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