MY HERO SINCE 1955 wrote:
Does anyone have any idea if his sons even keep up with this website or not? I understand privacy, but it's very strange that none of his immediate family(wife and sons)has ever attended Audie Murphy Days in Greenville, and none were there when the statue was dedicated.
I thought she did a few times back in the seventies...? She traveled less and less as she got older, and at one point in like the eighties or nineties the veterans and personnel at the VA where she did volunteer work had to pass the hat to help her make a rare trip out to Arlington to visit her husband's final resting place.
Everything I'd ever heard about the sons indicated that they were attached to their father but also intimidated by his reputation (and fandom) and haunted by his death, and therefore a bit uncomfortable about interacting with his admirers.
I believe Christie has it correct! It makes very good sense when your parent is world famous and will go down in the history books, worldwide, as an "immortal."
Audie Murphy was such a man.
While I agree with your opinion about Audie, the sad part is, he's not even mentioned in the U.S. History books in our schools. I was in the public school business for 33 years, and I looked at history books for all those years to see if he was mentioned, and I never saw his name in one of them. I did get to see his name mentioned in some of the literature classes, when they studied "The Red Badge of Courage
", and then the teacher would show the film. She always told the classes that the "young coward" was played by the most decorated soldier of WWII. But, the history books, nothing, unless an individual teacher brought this up on his own when covering the war.