When it comes to historical-based inspirational stories, Audie Murphy is considered to be relatively popular. This man acquired his fame, initially, as being the most decorated United States soldier during World War II. When he returned home from his service during the war, he was considered to be a hero.
Despite being only a mere 21 years of age, Audie Murphy had successfully killed 240 German-based soldiers, had experienced being wounded three different times, and had acquired a total of 33 different awards and various medals.
Born on June 20th in the year of 1925, he faced many challenges. However, he worked through those challenges to become one of the best known men of all time.
“Seems to me, that if you’re afraid or living with some big fear, you’re not really living. You’re only half alive. I don’t care if it’s the boss you’re scared of or a lot of people in a room or diving off of a dinky little board, you gotta get rid of it. You owe it to yourself. Makes sort of a zombie out of you, being afraid. I mean, you want to be free, don’t you? And how can you if you are scared? That’s prison. Fear’s a jailer. Mind now, I’m not a professor on the subject. I just found it out for myself. But that’s what I think.” – Audie Murphy
The challenges that Audie Murphy experienced early in life mostly pertained to his father, Emit. He was not a man that valued his parental responsibilities and Audie had to help his mother with those responsibilities, as there were 12 children in the home. He would hunt for rabbits and other animals around their estate so that everyone could eat.
In 1940, his father abandoned the family. In 1941, his loving mother passed away. In order to honor her life, he enlisted within the military less than 2 weeks after turning 18. Throughout his military career, he impressed many officers and quickly earned an immense amount of respect. Upon returning, he was so decorated and respected that it seemed only natural that many were interested in his story. He decided to write an autobiography called, “To Hell and Back”.
Audie’s book was a national bestseller in no time at all. It was so popular, in fact, that a movie was made from it and Audie Murphy played himself. In addition to the book and the film, Audie was in a total of 44 different feature films. He also dabbled in composing country music songs. Many big names in the industry, such as Dean Martin and Harry Nilsson, recorded those songs.
Throughout his life, he achieved quite a bit and was an immense success. Unfortunately, through it all, he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. This well-respected man suffered on the inside, but, was a well-respected soldier, author, actor, and songwriter and wore a smile on the outside. He did not allow fear to totally consume his being. He fought that with all his might.
Despite meeting his untimely demise in a plane crash in 1971, he is still considered to be one of the most honorable soldiers of all time. That is why so many inspirational stories abound regarding his courage, his dedication to his country, and his commitment to being the best of the best.
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