Best Memorial Day News Story: Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Welcomes New Inductee, Sgt. Holly Burke – Plus, Bio & Videos of Audie Murphy, Most Decorated WWII American Soldier
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on May 31, 2010
My pick for “best Memorial Day news story”…
From The News GALS, The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Welcomes Another:
Memorial Day a day to honor all of America’s fallen soldier throughout time. On this Memorial Day 2010, The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) inducted another of America’s military leaders into its ranks. Today Sergeant Holly Burke, a three time Iraq tour survivor and leader, has achieved one of the greatest honors an NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) can achieve; she was welcomed as a member into the SAMC.
Becoming a member of The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is something Burke has always aspired to. She is said be completely overwhelmed and honored. The Sergeant was quoted saying “Being named to the SAMC means everything to me; I studied for this for a year and had no expectation of getting it on my first try. It’s all very surreal to me. But having accomplished this shows me that I actually am good at something.”
The SAMC is a military organization that recognizes America’s finest; the men and women who have serve our country.
The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club was named after the legendary and most decorated soldier of the WWII era Sergeant Audie Murphy.
From Columbus Telegram, Columbus sergeant receives prestigious honor:
COLUMBUS — Sergeant Holly Burke, of Columbus, a noncommissioned officer in the United States Army, has been named an official member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC).
Burke enlisted in the United States Army in June of 2000 and has served three deployments in Iraq, including Tikrit, Baghdad and other locations. She returned from her most recent deployment May 22.
The SAMC is an organization of noncommissioned officers (NCOs) whose performance and leadership qualities mirror those of Sergeant Audie Murphy, the most highly decorated soldier in American history.
Burke, a squad leader with Company C, 701st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan.
“Being named to the SAMC means everything to me,” Burke said. “I studied for this for a year and had no expectation of getting it on my first try. It’s all very surreal to me. But having accomplished this shows me that I actually am good at something.”
First Sergeant David P. Dixon of Wakefield, Kan., the top noncommissioned officer of Co. C, 701st BSB, said he is exceptionally proud of his soldier and her accomplishment.
Audie Murphy, for whom the award was named, had a remarkable life and was America’s most decorated soldier during WWII. His heroic service to America should never be forgotten.
Biographical sources: IMDb.com, AudieMurphy.com, and Wikipedia.org
Audie Leon Murphy (1924-1971) was the most decorated American soldier of WWII. The son of poor Texas sharecroppers, Murphy became a national hero during World War II as the most decorated combat soldier of the war.
Murphy had tried to enlist in the army in his Texas, but was rejected because he was too young. With his sister Corinne’s help, he falsified his age to appear to be old enough, tried again and was accepted. After undergoing basic military training, he was sent to Europe, where he fought in nine major campaigns over three years and rose from the rank of private to a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant. Among his 33 awards was the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for bravery that a soldier can receive. In addition, he was also decorated for bravery by the governments of France and Belgium, and was credited with killing over 240 German soldiers and wounding and capturing many more. He was catapulted to more fame when he was signed on to be an actor in Hollywood. Murphy made a total of 44 films, and later became a successful rancher and businessman.
On May 18, 1971, Murphy was aboard a private plane on his way to a business meeting when it ran into thick fog near Roanoke, VA, and crashed into the side of a mountain, killing all six aboard. He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. According to cemetery records, the only grave site visited by more people than Murphy’s is that of assassinated President John F. Kennedy.
Murphy was awarded the following awards:
Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star with First Oak Leaf Cluster
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device and First Oak Leaf Cluster
Purple Heart with Second Oak Leaf Cluster
U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Presidential Unit Citation with First Oak Leaf Cluster
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France)
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Combat Infantry Badge
Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar
Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar
French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre
French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier
French Croix de Guerre With Silver Star
French Croix de Guerre with Palm
Medal of Liberated France
Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm
Synopsis from YouTube of next video:
An interview conducted by Armed Forces Radio Veteran’s Day, 1963. It is interesting to note the humbleness of this great American patriot, and as he reflects on World War Two and what was his most memorable recollection.
His answer may surprise you as we get a peek at the humbleness of this great American hero and Patriot!
Radio Interview: Audie Murphy Discusses WWII (1963)
Audie Murphy: Clip from Murphy’s autobiographical film “To Hell and Back” (1955)
Movie Legends – Audie Murphy
Other Memorial Day posts:
Memorial Day: God Bless Our Troops, God Bless America, & God Bless Bob Hope (video)
Other military-related articles and posts:
Frugal Café Blog Zone: “Feel Good” Video of the Week: Troops Returning Home, Surprise Their Loved Ones and Unscrupulous CT Democrat Senate Candidate, AG Richard Blumenthal Friggin’ Lied about Serving in the Vietnam War and Theft of Mojave Desert Cross: A Hate Crime Against Christians and US Military War Heroes? and CBS’ David Price Visits Troops in Iraq: “Feel Good Story of the Week” Award and Americans, Never Lose Sight of Our Heroes and Our Nation’s Greatness and Bravo, Lt. Dan Band: Gary Sinise on USO Tour, Headlines Free Concerts for US Troops, Park Renovation Project
Diary of a Mad Conservative: The meaning of the day and Ronald Reagan at Arlington (1986)
Joseph C. Phillips, Big Hollywood: Why Do You Love America?
Jack L. Treese, CWO US Army, Retired, Big Government: My Flag Will Be Flying at Half-Staff, Will Yours?
Gateway Pundit: Video: Montage of troops returning home and Remembering Those Who Have Served – Memorial Day 2010 and Woah… Dem Senate Candidate Lies About Vietnam Service (Video) and Breaking: Blumenthal’s Soldier Supporter On Stage Today Is a Phony, Too
Nice Deb: Honoring The Honored Dead
On My Watch — Writings of SamHenry: Memorial Day Wish for Peace in the Middle East
Brad Thor, Big Government: In Afghanistan, U.S. Military Was Warned Of Recent Kabul Suicide Attacks
Just Americans Making Ethical Statements Weblog: Honoring Our Heroes
Larry Rohter, New York Times: Dear Donna: A Pinup So Swell She Kept G.I. Mail
Jeremy D. Boering, Big Hollywood: USO: How Hollywood Serves
Robert Davi, Big Hollywood: Burnt Offerings: Teaching Our Children — Pride in Going Red, White and Blue and Burnt Offering: Leo Grillo Defines What Makes America Great
GayPatriot: Why Kathryn Bigelow Should Win the Oscar for Best Director and Commander In Chief Ignores Troops on Eve of 9/11 Anniversary
Robert J. Avrech, Big Hollywood: Hollywood Celebrates American Military Resolve – Flashback and Extra! Hebrew Hollywood Hottie Risks Life for U.S. Troops
Half-Baked Sourdough: Taps
Andrew Breitbart, Big Hollywood: I Pledge to Ridicule Celebrities Who Refuse to Recognize We Are At War With People Who Want to Kill Them, Too and How Sean Penn Won the War
Michelle Malkin: Let’s mourn the real American heroes and “We really are just focused on what lies ahead” and GoDaddy.com celebrates America and A tribute to our Navy SEAL snipers and Scarlett Johansson visits the troops
Big Hollywood: James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Slams America and Michael Yon Dispatch: The Kopp-Etchells Effect and Gratitude Campaign: Saying Thank You
Christian Toto, Big Hollywood: GI Film Festival: Where Hollywood Fears to Tread
Greg Gutfeld, The Daily Gut: TUESDAY’S GREGALOGUE: AMERICA’S GIFT TO THE WORLD
Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, Big Hollywood: Hollywood Heroes: Boots On the Ground Report
Leo Grin, Big Hollywood: NBC: National Broadcasters Against Conservatives
Gary Graham, Big Hollywood: All-American Girl and Janet – Put on the Coffee
Matt Sanchez, FOX News: In a Class By Themselves