June 05, 2005
Feeding my addiction to western movies today, I watched an old one called The Quick Gun, starring Audie Murphy. It's an entertaining flick and Audie wasn't a bad actor. I enjoyed it.
But Audie was exactly the opposite of what you would expect a tough guy to be. He was a small man and baby-faced. He was anything but an imposing figure on the screen.
I believe that I read To Hell and Back three or four times in my life, and I am amazed at the fact that Audie Murphy was unbelievably courageous and incredibly lucky to do what he did in WWII. That little fart was one hell of a warrior. He remains the most decorated soldier in the history of the United States military, and he earned every medal he received.
Looks can deceive you sometimes.
I read once where the war left its mark on him, and he always slept with the lights on in his bedroom and a .45 pistol under his pillow. He sometimes suffered tumultuous dreams. You'd never know that by looking at his face.
If I ever make a list of my ten Greatest American Heroes, you can bet your sweet ass that Audie will be on it. And I like his movies, too.
.. Audie is a cousin of mine.. on the Killian side... his Grandma left NC for TX about the same time as my GGrandma left for TN... sisters, they were...
Eric, you look more like Festus Hagin than Audie Murphy to me. And I DON'T mean that as an insult.
In my childhood after WWII, Audie Murphy was just a cowboy movie star.
A decent one. Then I read his life story.
And he became a childhood hero to me, and a man to TRY to emulate.
And he's stayed my hero all my adult life.
... thanks, Acidman.. actually, a girl at the B.B. King concert told me that I looked like a redheaded Kevin Spacey.... I forgave her, though... she'd been drinking..
Go read the official citations for the medals he received. If anything that movie downplayed his heroics.
Years later he still looked like a skinny, babyfaced kid.
I LOVED watching Saturday Audie Murphy movies with my Dad.
My fav was the WWII flick where near the end, he jumps up on a tank machine gun and mows down a whole mess of krauts.
The amount of students in the US that know who Audie is probably doesn't exceed the double-digit range, but I guess that's because the government-media complex has more reverence for societal brats like Eminem than someone who actually put their ass on the line for the benefit of someone other than themselves.
I lived in Farmersville, Texas, and surrounding area for a couple years. That's where Mr. Murphy was born, well some folks still debate that but whatever. They love the guy... there's, of course, an Audie Murphy Day and they've got a giant monument on the main street drag honoring him and every other vet that calls Farmersville their hometown. I'd never heard of him before moving there. We need to know about our war heroes.
That said, I wish we knew more about our current war heroes. I'm not real happy with the war in Iraq, but our guys and gals in uniform sure do deserve a hell of a lot better than what the mainstream press here at home gives them.
To illustrate Nick's point: How many of you saw Paul Smith's Medal of Honor ceremony or read a news article about it that wasn' t in his hometown paper?
Do you EVER see mention of Marines or Sailors getting the Navy Cross or Soldiers the DSC? Read the criteria, it's for folks who don't get the Medal of Honor.
We won't see much if anything about things like this in the MSM because it doesn't jibe with their agenda.
Contrast it with how Audie Murphy and the other heroes were treated sixty years ago.
I don't think the horror of war has improved but the honor paid is sadly lacking.
Audie Murphy did not make the list of the top 25 Americans according to the Discovery Channel. Oprah did. Eleanor Roosevelt did.
I have fear for the future of our country when Lance Armstrong is deemed a greater American than the author of our Constitution James Madison.
If you like Audie Murphy as much as it seems then you should check out the guy who used to be most decorated soldier in the US Army prior to Murphy.
He was a Pennsylvania boy who really had a bad crack at life - Charles "Commando" Kelly
Don't forget Brad Kasal. Threw himself over one of his buddies so their face wouldn't get mangled by a grenade that had just landed behind them, and got his shoulders, part of his back, and his legs filled with shrapnel as a result. But apparently some semi-literate urban ghetto thug or any one of the countless bands of three or four screaming, emaciated marxist whiteboy losers who know how to play guitar and drums are more worthy of my generation's admiration than someone who actually put their ass on the line for the benefit of someone other than themselves.