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PLACES TO VISIT
An Audie Murphy Location of Interest

Smithsonian Museum of American History
Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C.
Medal of Honor certificate of Audie Murphy on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Audie Murphy's Medal of Honor citation printed on stiff paper, 10" high by 12" wide, on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. has some important artifacts that belonged to Audie Murphy. Items photographed at the museum included the Medal of Honor certificate issued to Audie, a set of dog tags he wore during the war, a New Testament bible, and an army field jacket with ribbons. The text is reproduced below the photo of the certificate.

Audie Murphy's World War II dog tags on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The tags were worn by Audie Murphy during combat in Europe. The information on the dog tags includes his name (Audie L. Murphy), an identification number (18083707), his next of kin (Corrine Burns, a married sister), and his home-of-record (Farmersville, Texas). Audie Murphy actually had two different identification numbers because he was originally enlisted and later made an officer when he received a battlefield comission. To receive a battlefield commission, he was required to first be honorably discharged as an enlisted soldier. After being discharged, he was then was sworn in minutes later as an officer. But because of the two distinct periods of service, he was issued separate service numbers.

Audie Murphy's New Testament, sealed in a plastic bag, is a type that was commonly passed out to protestant and roman catholic soldiers by army chaplains. Unfortunately, museum lighting made the photo below difficult to take since a flash was not possible because of museum rules. Compounding the lighting problems was the fact that the cover of the bible had faded through the years. The red haze is actually a reflection off the glass display case and is not a part of the bible.

The khaki "Eisenhower" type field jacket, seen in the last photo, was worn by Audie Murphy when he was a Second Lieutenant. Its dimensions are approximately 27.25" in height x 26.5" wide. The 3rd Infantry Division patch on the left shoulder and the service stripes on the left sleeve are actually hand-stitched. The ribbons attached to the chest include the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
To all who see these presents, greeting:
This is to certify that the president of the United States of America pursuant to acts of congress approved March 3, 1863 and July 9, 1918, has awarded in the name of congress to
Second Lieutenant Audie L. Murphy, United States Army
THE MEDAL OF HONOR
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity involving risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Holtzwhihr, France, on 26 January 1945.

Given under my hand in the city of Washington this 23rd day of April 1945.
Henry L. Stimson
Secretary of War.
Audie Murphy's World War II dog tags on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Audie Murphy's World War II dog tags on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Audie Murphy's World War II bible on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Audie Murphy's World War II bible on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Audie Murphy's military Eisenhower style jacket on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Audie Murphy's military Eisenhower style jacket on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
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