Care to elaborate on your post? I for one would like to know if the Sgt Audie Murphy Clubs are not what we think they are..........
Sure and I will try to be as painless as possible with my reply, although I am sure that I will perhaps offend someone. Please let it be known that I am only a member of this message baord and that the views and opinions expressed herein are my
views only and are not
to be construed as the opinions/views of Richard Rogers, www.audiemurphy.com
, or of the Murphy family
Here I will outline my thoughts on the club.
I am of the impression that the SAMC is nothing more than a title to use as a stepping stone to promotion within the enlisted ranks of the Army. I do not make that statement without much forethought but here is the background and facts surrounding my belief.
1) The Club was originally formed in the mid 1980's as a way to recognize outstanding NCO's within the Army with the desire also to help perpetuate the memory of Audie Murphy.
It would seem to me that one would do all one could to help perpetuate the legacy and memory of Audie, hence my issue with the club.
2) When the petition effort began I sent via email the narrative of the petition in electronic version as well as a link to the petition to all SAMC's and ask that the chapter President's disseminate the petition to their members and ask that they support it. In addition I also posted the petition to the Facebook walls of all of the SAMC's that had Facebook pages.
Not one club President even so much as dignified my request with a "We'll look into it"
in response to my email. From the State of California in response to a Facebook Post (not an email)
I had one lone SFC (E-7) sign the petition, and no one else from that particular club chapter.
3) From the Washington, D.C. area I received one response via Facebook after multiple
wall post, that "we will take it under consideration at our next meeting and let yuou know."
I never heard another word from them.
4) Out of some 13,000 names on the petition, I have personally counted only 60 or so names where the signer has identified themselves as a member or former member of the SAMC. Now in fairness, it is possible that someone could have chosen to sign withouit identifing themselves as a member of the club so that perhaps needs to be factored in.
I might add that there is nothing
, that prohibits active duty soldiers from signing petitions, so in fact they could sign.....if they so desired.
5) In a discussion with a dear friend who is a senior Army officer about the lack of response from the SAMC's in response to the petition, he responded, "they don't care about Audie Murphy.....it is simply a stepping stone to their next promotion, as it sends their names to the top of the stack at the promotion board, since the SAMC is such an elite organization."
That said, it is true, that it is a very elite club and one must undergo a very difficult board process in order to gain entry into the Club, and yes they will appear at various community events and put on color guards etc. but that is what is expected of the members. Yes, they will be polite and respectful, and generally talk about how much they hold Audie in esteem, but when it comes time to take a stand....oh well....need I say more.
6) To further my curiosity about the remarks of my officer friend, I inquired of several other Army retirees with whom I work and got the same answer (promotional benefit).
At this point, I am not very impressed with the club in general. I have other reasons that I can provide as well, but for the moment I'll leave it to others to agree or disagree.