Perry Awards Posthumous Medal To Texas WWII Hero

Gov. Rick Perry awarded the state’s highest military honor posthumously Tuesday to the Texas native who was one of the most-decorated heroes of World War II.

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FARMERSVILLE (October 29, 2013) FARMERSVILLE (October 29, 2013)--Gov. Rick Perry presented the state's highest military decoration posthumously Tuesday to World War II hero Audie Murphy, the Texas native who was among the most decorated war heroes in U.S. history.

Perry bestowed the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor on Murphy posthumously Tuesday in Farmersville, saying that Murphy "lives on in the hearts and memories of a generation of Americans."

Murphy, whose portrait hangs in the Texas House chamber, was born in Hunt County.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served with the 3rd Infantry Division in Europe and Mediterranean, earning more than two-dozen medals including the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

He was also decorated by France and Belgium.

"He personifies the traits that led America to victory in the Second World War and on other battlefields around the globe. Audie Murphy remains a shining example for anyone who believes in the importance of service, for generations now and into the future,” Perry said.

Murphy went on to a film acting career.

He died in a plane crash in Virginia in 1971 at the age of 46.

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