To hell and back audie murphy book pdf
To Hell and Back | Open LibraryThough he was only 21 years old at the end of the war, he had killed German soldiers, had been wounded three times, and had earned 33 awards and medals. After the war, he appeared in more than 40 films. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder throughout his life. Murphy's father, Emit, fell short on his parental responsibilities, continuing to father children, 12 in all, despite that fact that he had no plan for how to feed them. Picking up the slack, Murphy helped feed his mother and siblings by hunting rabbits and other small animals around their property. In , Murphy's father deserted the family for good, and his mother passed away a year later.
Audie Leon Murphy 20 June — 28 May was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II , receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U. Army , as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. Murphy received the Medal of Honor for valor demonstrated at the age of 19 for single-handedly holding off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January , then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition. Murphy was born into a large sharecropper family in Hunt County, Texas. His father abandoned them, and his mother died when he was a teenager. Murphy left school in fifth grade to pick cotton and find other work to help support his family; his skill with a hunting rifle was a necessity for putting food on the table. After the attack on Pearl Harbor , Murphy's older sister helped him to falsify documentation about his birthdate to meet the minimum-age requirement for enlisting in the military.
—Audie Murphy. The subtitle for this book comes from the film, To Hell and Back, starring Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated soldiers of all time.
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