Audie Leon Murphy was born on June 20, 1925, to Josie Bell (Killian) and Emmett Berry Murphy in Kingston, Hunt County.

He is the most decorated combat soldier of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism.

After the war he became a famous movie star in more than 40 pictures from 1948 to 1969. He played himself in the 1955 autobiographical To Hell and Back but most of his films were westerns like The Kid from Texas, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Wild and the Innocent.

He died in May 28, 1971, in a plane accident. He’s buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

There’s an Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum in Greenville, and Farmersville honors him with a special day around his birthday each year as well as throughout the year at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial. Audie Murphy Day includes such activities as a parade, military exhibits, and programs honoring local veterans. For information call (972) 784-6846 and visit

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