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Source: Audie Murphy's Military Personnel File, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, from NARA.
AUDIE MURPHY'S ARMY CAREER AND MILITARY PERSONNEL FILES
Source: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Audie Leon Murphy
O-1692509
Born 20 June 1924, Kingston, Texas

Rank/Appointments

Private, Army of the United States ... 30 June 1942
Private First Class, Army of the United States ... 7 May 1943
Corporal, Army of the United States ... 15 July 1943
Sergeant, Army of the United States ... 13 December 1943
Staff Sergeant, Army of the United States ... 13 January 1944
2nd Lieutenant, Army of the United States ... 14 October 1944
1st Lieutenant, Army of the United States ... 16 February 1945
1st Lieutenant, Infantry, United States Army Officers' Reserve Corps ... 21 August 1945
Captain, Infantry, Texas National Guard of the United States (Federal Recognition) ... 14 July 1950
Captain, Infantry, National Guard of the United States ... 19 October 1950
Major, Infantry, Texas National Guard of the United States (Federal Recognition) ...14 February 1956
Major, Infantry, National Guard of the United States ... 14 February 1956
Major, Infantry, United States Army Reserve ... 8 November 1966
Major, Infantry, United States Army Retired Reserve ... 22 May 1969

Service Numbers

08083707...Enlisted, United States Army
O-1692509...Officer, United States Army Reserve, Texas National Guard
459-28-6632...Officer, United States Army Retired Reserve, Texas National Guard

Assignments

30 June 1942 - 7 July 1942... Infantry Replacent Center, Camp Wolters, Texas
9 July 1942 - 13 October 1942... 4th Platoon, Company D, 59th Training Battalion
23 October 1942 - 18 January 1943... Company K, 385th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division
19 February 1943 - 26 February 1943... Headquarters, 2d Replacement Detachment
3 March 1943 - 10 March 1945... Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
11 March 1945 - 19 May 1945... Headquarters, 15th Infantry Division, 3rd Infantry Division
20 May 1945 - 12 June 1945... Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
13 June 1945 - 21 September 1945... Headquarters, Army Ground and Service Forces Redistribution Station, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
14 July 1950 - 19 December 1950... Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division
20 December 1950 - 10 October 1951... Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division
11 October 1951 - 7 July 1955... Texas Army National Guard (inactive)
8 July 1955 - 30 June 1957... Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division
1 July 1957 - 7 February 1966... Texas Army National Guard (inactive)
8 February 1966 - 21 May 1969... U.S. Army Reserve (inactive)
22 May 1969 - 28 May 1971... U.S. Army Retired Reserve

Service

Audie L. Murphy enlisted in the Army of the United States, 30 June 1942, at Dallas, Texas and was sent to Camp Wolters, Texas for basic training. After serving with Company K, 385th Infantry at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland since October 1942, he departed the United States, 8 February 1943, for duty in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations. While serving as a Staff Sergeant with Company B, 15th Infantry, he was honorably discharged 13 October 1944 and accepted a combat appointment as a second lieutenant in the Army of the United States on 14 October 1944. He then served as Platoon Leader and Company Commander with the 15th Infantry Regiment to August 1945. Upon his return to the United States from June 10 - June 14, 1945, he was sent to Fort Sam Houston, Texas where he accepted a commission as first lieutenant in the Officers' Reserve Corps on 21 August 1945 and was released from active duty on 21 September 1945. He was Federally recognized as Captain, National Guard of the United States on 19 October 1950. On 14 February 1956, he was Federally recognized as Major, National Guard of Texas and was promoted to Major, National Guard of the United States effective the same date. His status in the National Guard terminated 7 November 1966, by reason of withdrawal of Federal Recognition, and he was transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve, where he held a commission as a major.1

Awards

He is authorized the Medal of Honor; Distinguished Service Cross; Silver Star with First Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device and First Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart with Second Oak Leaf Cluster; Legion of Merit; Good Conduct Medal; Distinguished Unit Emblem with First Oak Leaf Cluster; American Campaign Medal; European-Aftrican-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one silver service star, three bronze service stars and one bronze service arrowhead; World War II Victory 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, the Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm, and the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.1

Active Service

He is credited with extended active service duty as an enlisted man from 30 june 1942 to 13 October 1944 and as a commissioned officer from 14 October 1944 to 21 September 1945. He died 28 May 1971 while in a Reserve status.

Audie Murphy's
Military Personnel Records
Source: National Archives Administration
PDF file format
Folder 1 Service Documents, part 1 (73.5 mb)
Folder 2 Service Documents, part 2 (98.4 mb)
Folder 3 Army Service Record Book, (8.0 mb)
Folder 4 Correspondence (35.7 mb)
Folder 5 Awards, Decorations, Commendations (48 mb)
Folder 6 Efficiency Records (10.5 mb)
Folder 7 Medical Records (28.4 mb)
Folder 8 Auxilary Material (1.8 mb)
Folder 9 Original Containers (2.1 mb)
Folder 10 Reference Correspondence, part 2 (49.0 mb)
Folder 11 Reference Correspondence, part 1 (86.8 mb)
Folder 12 Record Index Form (65.1 mb)
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